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Crimes like murder and kidnapping down: Minister

Crime rate has increased under the present regime: BJP

Samajwadi Party members stage a walkout

LUCKNOW: The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party have rejected the Uttar Pradesh government’s claim in the Vidhan Sabha on Monday that the law and order situation had improved under the Mayawati regime. They dismissed the claim as hollow.

The Samajwadi Party staged a walkout, expressing dissatisfaction over the government’s reply on posts of station house officers being reserved for the Backward Classes and minorities.

Comparison

Replying to a question on the law and order situation during question hour, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma said that between 2005 and 2009, dacoity cases declined by 13.7 per cent, murder by 27.15 per cent, kidnapping for ransom (31. 43 per cent ), road hold-ups (59 per cent), dowry deaths (6 per cent ) and rape (15.17 per cent ).

Drawing a comparison of the crime rate under the Mulayam Singh and Mayawati regimes, he said the monthly crime average too had declined under the Bahujan Samaj Party government.

While the monthly average of dacoity cases in the Samajwadi Party regime was 18 per cent, in the two-and-half years of the BSP government it was 10 per cent. Likewise, while an average of 157 loot cases was recorded a month under the previous regime, under the present government the figure stood at 122. In relation to murder and kidnap cases, the monthly average was 475 and 355, and 14 and 5 respectively, the Minister said.

Directives were given to district police chiefs for controlling the crime rate and maintaining law and order and the results turned to be positive.

Radha Mohan Das Agarwal of the BJP said that according to the website of the Home Department, 114 dacoity cases were recorded in 2008 and it went up to 147 in 2009. In 2008, 1,564 cases of loot were committed and in 2009, it was 1,628. Mr. Agarwal wanted to know whether there was a proposal to constitute a State security commission for effective monitoring of the law and order and crime situation.

“Which is correct?”

Hukum Singh of the BJP also said the crime rate had increased under the present regime. The BJP members wanted to know which of the two versions — one given by the Minister and the other obtained from the Home Department’s website — was correct.

Ambika Chaudhary of the Samajwadi Party objected to the comparative analysis by taking 2005 and 2009 as base years. He said the yearly average should be given. He wanted to know whether posts of the police station in-charge would be reserved for BCs and minorities in proportion to their population, as was done for the Scheduled Castes.

The SP MLAs staged a walkout, accusing the government of not being clear in its reply although the Parliamentary Affairs Minister did say that directives were given for reserving posts for BCs and minorities in proportion to their population.