LUCKNOW: Amid charges that most police encounters in Uttar Pradesh were “fake”, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today accused the BJP government of misusing the police.
“The BJP is misusing the Uttar Pradesh police, which is inflicting torture on the people of the state and creating fear among them. The Samajwadi Party is not only raising questions, but also telling other opposition parties that the government is continuously engaged in fake encounters,” the SP chief told reporters here.
He demanded that the government should at least provide a list of criminals carrying reward on their head to substantiate its claim that those killed by the police were highly notorious, he said.
Yadav demanded Rs 50 lakh compensation to the next of kin of Narendra Gujjar, against whom, he said, a “fake cow slaughter case” was registered, and claimed that Gujjar was tortured to death in custody by the police in Meerut.
“It is the duty of the government to see that everyone gets justice. Has the situation worsened to that extent where no one can plead for justice? Will the BJP now deprive the people of the state of justice?” he posed.
As many as 50 dreaded criminals have been killed in over 1,400 encounters in the past over one year in the state, while 3,435 history-sheeters were put behind bars following encounters.
Yadav also referred to the death of the father of Unnao rape survivor in police custody.
“The BJP says that we used to give Rs 50 lakh compensation when a Muslim died. Today, when a Hindu has died, why are you (the BJP) is not helping the Hindu. We do not believe in taking advantage by creating rift between Hindus and Muslims. This is just a diversionary tactics,” the SP leader said.
He also blamed the UP police for the unrest in Aligarh Muslim University. “If the government had wanted, then the situation would not have worsened,” Akhilesh said.
On reports of CBI probe into sale of sugar mills during Mayawati regime, he said the investigation was being done keeping the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in mind.
Attacking the BJP in the context of Kairana and Noorpur bypolls, he said, “These people have been saying that if other parties win the bypolls, then Diwali will be celebrated in Pakistan. I never went to Pakistan, nor do I have a Pakistani visa. The BJP should tell who went to Pakistan discreetly.”
Yadav contested the government’s claim that it was taking care of sugarcane growers in the state
He also demanded that the government should provide Rs 10 lakh assistance to families of Sitapur dog-bite victims. A total of 12 children have fallen prey to dog attacks so far.