Launching a scathing attack on the Yogi Adityanath government over latest figures of the National Crime Records Bureau, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Kumar Lallu said that the latest NCRB statistics showed that UP was consistently ranked number one under the heads of murder and other sensational crimes.
“Two days ago in Aligarh, the Yogi Adityanath government had claimed that the law and order situation in the state was good but the NCRB data has exposed his claims. After all, who is responsible for this?” asked Lallu on Thursday.
In a direct attack on the chief minister, the Congress leader said that Yogi Adityanath did not have the courage to face the horrific picture of Uttar Pradesh that had emerged from the NCRB records.
“The Yogi government, breaking all limits of shamelessness, is using the tax collected from the public in hiding the real data and in the record-breaking propaganda of advertisements based on lies,” he said.
Lallu alleged, “A parallel government of criminals is running in Uttar Pradesh. The NCRB data has confirmed this and the lies of the Yogi government have been exposed. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had promised to make the state free of crime after coming to power. The chief minister has said several times that criminals are in jail or have left the state. In such a situation, he should clarify that if there are no criminals in UP, then who is committing crimes like murders and rapes in UP?”
The Congress leader said that the BJP was responsible for pushing the state into jungle raj.
“In UP, 114 BJP MLAs are tainted while 85 BJP MLAs have serious criminal backgrounds. This situation has to happen when criminals run the administration. The NCRB reports says that UP is witnessing seven criminal incidents per hour against women, eight rapes per day, 55 crimes against girls and sexual abuse as well as 32 criminal incidents against Dalits. In this jungle raj of BJP, about 20 sadhus and priests of temples have been killed, more than 500 people have also died due to the consumption of spurious liquor sold under the protection of the powers that be,” he alleged.
“Not only this, there have been 93 fatal attacks on personnel associated with journalism -- the fourth pillar of democracy. Several journalists have also been murdered. The shocking figures of NCRB show that despite lockdown and the coronavirus epidemic in 2020, there was no significant difference in rape cases. As per the data, 28,046 rape cases were registered in 2020 and among the victims, 25,498 were adults, while 2,655 were under 18 years of age. As per the NCRB, on an average, 80 people were murdered in the country every day during 2020 and UP had the dubious distinction of topping the chart. There has been an uptick of one per cent in murder cases in 2020 as compared to 2019, yet the Yogi government lies that UP is crime-free,” he alleged.
The Congress leader said that UP was number one in the country in terms of crime and murder and almost equal to BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and in cases of rape of women it was second.
“Yet the BJP falsely claims that criminals here are in jail or outside the borders of UP. The chief minister must wake up from his slumber and accept the reality of deteriorated law and order situation across the state,” Lallu charged.