The latest figures provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveals the grim situation of law and order in Uttar Pradesh, a that is notorious for its crime rate.
What is more shocking that a large number of incidents go unreported as the Uttar Pradesh police fail to register a case.
The state capital, Lucknow, reported the largest (2.78 lakh) criminal cases. In Lucknow, 7 out of 9 legislators belong to SP. Moreover, three of them are also ministers in the state government. The crimes in these constituencies are related to kidnapping, extortion, murder, loot and land grabbing.
Surprisingly, in the current SP government there has been an increase of 16 per cent in the crime rate in comparison to the erstwhile BSP government.
According to NCRB figures, while there were 22347 incidents of communal clashes in the erstwhile Mayawati regime, it rose to 25,007 in the Akhilesh regime.
Azamgarh has nine SP MLAs while Gorakhpur and Agra have more BSP and BJP MLAs.
“The number of clashes, most of which are dismissed as ‘minor incidents’ by the local police, has risen sharply after the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013 and even cases of eve-teasing tend to snowball into communal riots. In maximum cases, the rioters are supported by leaders of at least one political party,” an official said.
Reacting to the NCRB records, a retired UP DGP said that crime control was largely dependent on political will.