It can’t be overlooked that criminals and hooligans have gained enough ground and are openly executing incidents of crime like murder, dacoity etc.

Arvind Yadav’s murder is not a first instance as several SP leaders were murdered previously as well. Newly appointed Director General of Police (DGP) Rizwan Ahmed said that the cops would leave no stone unturned to curb crime in the state. However, the difference between Rizwan’s claim and exact scenario bears an uncanny dissimilarity.

The criminals are roaming scot-free mainly due to incompetent attitude of the police, which in turn has created an air of awe and anxiety among the common man.

It should be mentioned here that the cops have lost their sheen ever since the formation of SP government and incidents of barging into police stations and getting the prisoners released have also come to light.

What appears quite paradoxical is – close to 250 leaders with tainted image or criminal backgrounds have been provided security but the innocent and hapless people are loitering around on their own.

Last year, former Azamgarh MLA Sarvesh Singh Sipu and his associate Bharat Rai were also murdered in broad day-light. Sarvesh Singh’s animosity with mafias was well known and the late MLA had appealed for enhancing his security a number of times.

Sarvesh’ repeated appeals landed on deaf ears mainly as his father late Rampyare Singh once had held the position of minister in Mulayam’s cabinet but snapped the ties later on.

A timeline of SP leaders’ murders -

15 January 2014 – Mulayam Singh Youth Brigade leader Arvind Singh murdered in Barabanki.

6 January 2014 – SP leader Bhola Singh murdered at Dibiyapur area in Aurariya.

9 November 2013 – SP leader Rum Singh Yadav’s wife murdered at Tihlar area in Shahjahanpur.

24 July 2013 – SP worker Vinay Malik murdered at Saini village in Meerut.

July 2013
– SP leader Badri Yadav murdered at Madhuban in Mau.

24 July 2013
– SP leader Chaman Lal Bhati murdered in Noida.

25 March 2013
– SP leader Badshah Singh and his son Dharmendra attacked at Fatehganj in Bareilly. Badshah lost his life in the attack.

25 February 2013 – SP leader Yashvir Singh Yadav murdered in Ghaziabad.

JPN/Bureau

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