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.
The data states that everyday there have been 24 rapes, 21 attempt to rape, 13 murders, 33 kidnappings, 19 riots and 136 burglaries in Uttar Pradesh. In total 7650 incidents of crime have been reported from the state in one day. If this is multiplied with 365 days then the date will bewilder many.
What is more shocking that a large number of incidents go unreported as the Uttar Pradesh police fail to register a case.
The data states that there have been 93 lakh incidents of crime in UP in the last four years. Out of this 71 per cent crime happened in constituencies held by Samajwadi Party members.
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.
The most number of communal clashes took place in areas represented by the BJP and the BSP.
In the last one year, most incidents of communal trouble were reported from Agra, Gorakhpur and Azamgarh.
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.
The police official said that looking at the crime trend, one can safely say that major political parties are responsible for the collapse of law and order situation in the state.
Reacting to the NCRB records, a retired UP DGP said that crime control was largely dependent on political will.