Rule of law established in UP, claims state govt in assembly

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Lucknow, Mar 10 (UNI) Amid allegations of deteriorating law and order situation by the opposition, Uttar Pradesh government today said that the law and order situation in the state had improved in the ten month rule of the Bahujan Samaj Party government and the crime rate has dipped.

State parliamentary affairs minister Lalji Verma made the claim while tabling the budget for the home and general administration department in the state assembly here. He said the present government had established the 'rule of law in the state' by overthrowing the jungle raj that prevailed during the past regime.

He said during the 10 month regime of the present government, expect for the number of FIRs lodged in the state, all criminal activities have decreased in comparison to the previous year.

'' Number of dacoity has come down by 22 per cent, loot by 43.3 per cent, murder by 19.1 per cent, road holdup by 25 per cent, lifting of vehicles by 12.6 per cent, kidnapping for ransom by 42.3 per cent ,rape by 13.3 per cent and dowry murder by 5.7 per cent'', the minister said adding that only the number of FIRs were 87403 in 2007 against 84417 registered in 2006.

The minister also gave an account of the action taken against the terrorists and other criminals in the state.

However, opposition members created ruckus in the house protesting against the claim of the government and alleged that the crime rate has increased and the government was trying to hide the facts.

SP member Ambika Choudhary raised that the political opponents, particularly of the SP, were being targeted by the government and alleged that fake cases have been lodged against several party leaders. He alleged that the government indulged itself only in transfer and postings and against total strength of 283 IPS officers in the state, 1043 transfers had already been done.

Mr Chaudhary also pointed out that no Yadav officer was in the significant posting during the present regime.

Deputy leader of the SP, Mohammad Azam Khan,claimed that 52 fake cases had been lodged against him at Rampur.

Meanwhile the assembly today passed the UP state Public Property( eviction of the tenents) amendment Bill 2007, for the second time, after it was blocked by the upper house.

The bill which was passed by the house for the first time on December 5,2007, was still pending with the legislative council and as three months have passed it can be re-introduced in the assembly.

Opposing the bill, BJP member Hukum Singh said this bill will give extradionary power to the government to misuse the government bunglows on the name of monuments and other things.

However parliamentary affairs minister Lalji Verma said the bill was brought to give the government more power to evict the illegal tenents from the government accommodations.

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