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Crime and Politics in Uttar Pradesh

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Noble politics is about protecting and developing people, and dirty politics is the last resort of scoundrels. Unfortunately, in our country, particularly in some States, the tribe of scoundrels is increasing in numbers and the nation pays the price for it. The murder of D.S.P. Zia-ul-Huq in Kunda, Pratapgarh, has brought to light the sordid state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh and the murderous games the highly placed, well protected politicians play.

Raghuraj Pratap Singh, or Raja Bhaiya, has been named in FIR as the main conspirator and the man behind the murder of the honest and dutiful police official. Mr. Huq, it is recognised in the corruption-infested police department, belonged to the rare breed of honest officers. His gunning down has stirred the conscience of large sections of society as did the heinous gang-rape and murder of a 23-year old girl in Delhi in December last. It is to be seen whether the perpetrators of this crime are brought to book or not.

Raja Bhaiya, belonging to upper caste Thakurs, wields unchallengeable power. In U.P. politics, money, muscle and mafia play a very significant role. The clout of Raja Bhaiya can be gauged from the fact that he had been in great demand in all political parties. From 1997 to 2000 he was made a minister in the BJP governments of Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh. In 2002 Mayawati had the courage of getting him arrested in a POTA case. In 2004 Mulayam Singh Yadav blessed him with a berth in his cabinet. In 2010 he was again jailed in a case of alleged murder, kidnapping and robbery. After the last election in 2012 Mulayam Singh hastened to include him in Akhilesh’s cabinet in spite of allegations of heinous crimes against him.

The lethal cocktail of crime and politics has turned UP into a hotbed of crimes. Truth, honesty and dutifulness are the first victims of this potion. Law of the land must be allowed to take its course and the government must uphold the supremacy of law without fear or favour. Otherwise there is no hope of coming out of this abyss of criminalised politics in the largest state of the country which accounts for one-sixth of Indian population.



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