The recovery of the body of a teenaged girl, who was raped before being killed, from near the Chief Minister’s residence rocked the Uttar Pradesh legislature Tuesday as Opposition targeted the Samajwadi Party government alleging that “jungle raj” and “anarchy” have been unleashed in the state.
Soon after the Legislative Council assembled, Leader of Opposition in the Council Naseemuddin Siddiqui raised the question of law and order through an adjournment notice. Other opposition members, including those from BSP, BJP and Congress, stormed into the well raising anti-government slogans.
Chairman Om Prakash Sharma requested the members to return to their benches but, as the din continued, the House was adjourned for 15 minutes.
During Zero Hour, BSP members raised the issue again and sought a two-hour discussion. Siddiqui claimed the girl was the niece of a senior BSP leader and former minister of state and alleged that police lodged an FIR in the case only after pressure was put on them.
Congress member Naseeb Pathan said the incident should be treated as being above politics and called for a two-hour debate on the issue.
Leader of the House Ahmad Hasan condemned the incident and said the government was of the view that those involved in such crimes should receive capital punishment.
Rejecting the adjournment notice, the Chairman directed the state government to probe alleged laxity by policemen who have been accused of failing to take immediate action in the matter after the girl went missing. Meanwhile, the Assembly too was rocked by protests over the issue.
Right after the House assembled at 11am, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya (BSP) alleged that the state government has failed to ensure law and order due to which there was an “atmosphere of fear”. The recovery of the body of the Class XII student from near the CM’s residence showed there was no “fear” of police among unscrupulous elements, he claimed.
Maurya alleged that “jungle raj and anarchy was at its peak in the state” and said that the student had gone missing on February 10 but police, instead of taking action, asked the family members to find her. The BSP leader alleged that even top officers gave no importance to the incident. He said had timely action been initiated, such a painful incident would have not occurred.
BJP Legislature Party Leader Suresh Khanna claimed that one dozen such incidents have occurred within a year in UP.
Responding to the charge, parliamentary affairs minister Azam Khan said it was a heinous crime and very painful. “It is shameful for everyone. Law is following its course and two persons have been arrested,” he said, adding that efforts were being made to arrest the other accused.
He said action would be taken if there was laxity on the part of any policemen.
However, not satisfied by the answer, Maurya walked out of the House and was soon joined by Congress members who made similar allegations against the SP government. “The government should ensure law and order,” Congress Legislative Party leader Pradeep Mathur told reporters outside the House, adding that the “people of the state are agitated due to the lawlessness”.
(With PTI inputs)