Uttarakhand assembly on Tuesday witnessed uproarious scenes with main opposition Congress demanding to hand over inquiry of Mahima Seth murder case to CBI forcing the Speaker to adjourn the house for lunch break.

The issue of deteriorating law and order situation in the state was raised by Congress members led by Leader of Opposition Harak Singh Rawat, who said that police has failed to work out the rape and murder of 7-year-old Mahima Seth, a resident of Ramanagar town, even after more than one month has passed since the incident.

Similarly, no arrest has so far been made in Sonu Verma murder case of Ramnagar, Mr. Rawat said alleging that police is lathicharging the people, who demonstrate peacefully against government’s anti—people policies.

Criticising the BJP government for downing the morale of police force in the state, Mr. Rawat said criminals are being patronised by big leaders and even by ministers.

In this regard, he said, the incidents of loot, dacoity, rape and murder are rising in the state and people of the state are feeling insecured.

Replying to the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant said police has failed to work out the Mahima murder case as it is a blind case. He said police is sincerely making efforts to solve the case and has even announced an award of Rs 10,000 to the person giving clue in this regard.

Mr. Pant also said that there is a significant fall in the cases of loot, murder and dacoity upto November this year against the same period last year.

A total of 7507 crimes were registered, while 8183 criminals were arrested this year, he said.

Dissatisfied with the minister’s reply, Congress members demanded to hand over investigations of Mahima case to CBI and trooped into the well to press for their demand.

Speaker Harbans Kapoor asked the members to take their seats. As members did not pay heed to his repeated pleas, Mr. Kapoor adjourned the House for lunch break.