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Mayawati seeks Akhilesh’s resignation over Bulandshahr gang rape

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati demanded a “personal explanation” from Uttar Pradesh CM. Akhilesh Yadav on whether “he would be able to return the lost honour of the victims.” File photo: Rajeev Bhatt   | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt -

Opposition parties on Monday demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over the gang rape of a Noida-based mother and daughter near Bulandshahr and also asked him to own up moral responsibility for the heinous crime.

Former Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati demanded a “personal explanation” from Mr. Akhilesh on whether “he would be able to return the lost honour of the victims.”

Around six armed men stopped the family car on the Delhi-Kanpur highway early on Saturday morning, according to the FIR registered later on Saturday. The armed men dragged the members to nearby fields and proceeded to rape the teenager and her 35-year-old mother.

The other members of the family were tied up, the FIR added.

“There is complete lawlessness in the State for the last four years and the Chief Minister has not only failed to spruce up the law enforcement machinery, but has also failed to protect the women in the State,” she said.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar said the Bulandshahr incident was yet another blot on U.P. and sadly showed that there was ‘jungle raj’ in the State.

“It is complete chaos under the watch of the Chief Minister,” he said.

District president of the Rashtriya Lok Dal of Bulandshahr Rajiv Chowdhary said the crime was so heinous that Mr. Akhilesh should go beyond suspension of a few officials here and there and should rather quit himself.

BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said by merely talking of expressways and better highways, the Chief Minister was fooling the people and himself too as they were of no use when people travelling on them were unsafe.

“It is yet another sad day in U.P. What is more worrying is the fact that neither the women helpline nor the 100 number of the police responded when the victims were calling them in distress” the BJP leader said.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has also trashed the ruling Samajwadi Party government in the State and a member said that in “Akhilesh rule, the compensation of a lost honour was Rs 1 lakh.”

The panel, which sent a fact-finding team to Bulandshahr on Sunday, also questioned the lethargy of the police in reacting to the crime.

A member of the NCW said the police were non-cooperative and did not allow them to speak to the victims.

Meanwhile, the police claimed that they have arrested three accused and they were identified by the victims. A 300-member task forced was set up on Sunday to arrest the attackers.

The Chief Minister has suspended the Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishan, SP (City) Rammohan Singh, Circle Officer Himanshu Gaurav, SHO Ramsen Singh and four other officials for dereliction of duty.


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