UP: Cong says state has no law & order, BSP seeks Prez Rule

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New Delhi, March 5: Attacking the SP government in Uttar Pradesh over the killing of a police officer, Congress on Tuesday alleged there is no law and order in the state and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

"UP's law and order is very bad. There is in fact no law and order in the state. If a police officer is killed and those facing the charge for the killing include a minister of the state government, then what is left.

"If a DSP rank officer of the police is not safe there, what can be said about the plight of the common man," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters here.

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Pointing out that the wife of slain DSP Zia-ul-Haq, had demanded a CBI probe into the killing, the Congress leader said,"CBI inquiry should happen".

BSP, the archrival of SP in Uttar Pradesh, has demanded imposition of President Rule in the state over the DSP's killing.

Alvi refused to go into the issue of placing the state under President Rule saying, there is a Governor in the state to examine such issues.

He, however, said, "the UP government should change its attitude. People had brought about a change in government in the state with great hopes. They are now disappointed."

The DSP was killed by a mob on Saturday in Pratapgarh after he reached the area to look into killing of a village head.

The slain officer's wife Pravin Azad has accused UP minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya for the attack.

Altogether, four cases have been lodged in connection with the DSP's killing, including one based on complaint by his wife, who is demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident alleging that it was a premeditated murder.

BSP chief Mayawati said that the SP government in Uttar Pradesh has "failed" on all fronts since it was formed last year.

Countering the BSP tirade on the law and order front, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav said the state government has decided to recommend a CBI probe into the killing of DSP Zia-ul-Haq.

"There is nothing going on in the state on the development front. The law and order situation is bad. SP goons are calling the shots due to which a DSP has been murdered. People against whom FIRs have been lodged have not been arrested as yet," Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament House.

She said that Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias 'Raja Bhaiyya', who has been accused in the murder case, has only tendered his resignation as a state minister and no action has been taken against others involved in it.

"People have demanded a CBI inquiry but before that the government should ensure that action is taken. Situation in UP is bad and under the present condition, there should be President's Rule and the state administration should be taken over by the central government," Mayawati said.

BSP had raised this issue in both Houses of Parliament and forced adjournments.

"Whatever the DSP's wife has demanded has all been accepted...Now it is upto CBI to take further action in the case," Ramgopal Yadav said.

Facing stinging criticism over the murder of the police officer, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had yesterday assured the wife of the slain officer that his government would recomend a CBI probe into the killing.

Asked about Raja Bhaiya's arrest, he said, "Ask this question to CBI."

PTI

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