Spurt In Crime: CM defends police, targets media

Akhilesh Yadav defended the role of the police in the Gauri murder case on grounds that every minute details of investigation cannot be revealed.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: February 12, 2015 1:28 am
akhilesh yadav, lucknow Akhilesh Yadav addresses the media at his residence in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday defended the role of the police in the Gauri murder case on grounds that every minute details of investigation cannot be revealed.

Lucknow police is facing flak from all quarters over spurt in crime, mainly the Gauri murder case. On February 1, Gauri – a resident of Aminabad and a first-year BA-LLB student at Ambedkar Law College – was seen leaving with a youth on the motorcycle. The next day, her dismembered body was found at the PGI area.

Urging people to have faith in the police and his government for maintaining law and order, Akhilesh said: “Investigation takes time and we expect to get support from the media. Police cannot give you all the information during investigation. Have faith in the police and more in the socialist government.” He was speaking at his official residence during the release of the state’s development agenda for 2015-16.

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Targeting the media over reporting of crime incidents, Akhilesh said: “Even a small dharna is blown out of proportion. You knew the facts about the Mohanlalganj incident. You also created a scene on Badaun incident. Now, what is your answer or you forgot everything.”

Earlier, after releasing the development agenda, the CM Akhilesh admitted that controlling corruption is a big challenge. “It is a big challenge at every level. Transparency is a big question. There is a fixed limit of tolerance. We are striving to eradicate it with the use of technology,” he said. He added: “The first two years were challenging but we are doing our best. We focussed on roads and bridges and constructed them. We have now developed infrastructure for power…” Akhilesh also went on to congratulate the people of Delhi for electing AAP.

Speaking on the development agenda for 2015-16, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said that 73 new agendas have been included in the 165-point agenda. The agenda has been finalised by the chief minister after taking into account suggestions received online.

The focus is on nine segments — infrastructure and industrial development, PWD, power, HRD, health, security, labour, agriculture, rural development, urban development and transparency and accountability in governance. Major new projects include trans-Ganga scheme, Sangam city, parks and cycle marts in different areas. The government also plans to set up a separate tribunal to take up legal cases related to the education department.

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