Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday again raised the issue of deteriorating law and order in Uttar Pradesh and cited two recent instances including the "suspicious" death of police officer Ram Pandey.

Condemning "further serious deterioration" in the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said Ram Pandey had initiated a case against State Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya.

The Congress said the police officer complained that he was threatened by people influential in both the Samajwadi Party Government and outside. The police officer had also sought a CBI probe into the threats.

"His death in suspicious circumstances is a further pointer to the total anarchy that law and order has become in the State."

In the other instance, Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament Beni Prasad Verma had a spat with State Labour Minister Waquar Ahmed Shah amid charges that Mr. Shah was shielding a murder accused, Ms. Natarajan said.

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