New Delhi: Political parties in Uttar Pradesh are trying hard to encash on the Batla house encounter even as incidents of major terrorist attacks that claimed over 25 lives in the last five years have gone unnoticed.

According to data, after the year 2000, the state has witnessed seven big terrorist attacks which include November 23, 2007 incident in Varanasi claiming 15 lives there.

Seven members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and one civilian were reported to have been killed on January 1, 2008, when a group of four unidentified terrorists reportedly armed with AK-47 rifles and hand-grenades attacked a camp of the CRPF at Rampur. The Rampur incident was also linked to the 26/11  Mumbai terror attack.

Lamenting on the issue, former DIG Prakash Singh said, “It is unfortunate that the state often talks about caste equations but fails to recognise such an important issue.”

Referring to this encounter he said, “The politicking on the Batla issue is not only a sad trend but also dampens the self confidence of the police force.”

(JPN/ Bureau)