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Tears of the Taj


u.p. accounts for 12.9% of crimes in india and 18.2% of the murders
TSI | Issue Dated: May 13, 2007
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Tears of the Taj There are states and states of terror. Uttar Pradesh, which has had the distinction of producing eight prime ministers in the past, now enjoys the dubious distinction of being at the top of the most crime prone regions in India.

The slide has expectedly been long and eventful: a ruling party corporator guns down a colleague in broad daylight; a history sheeter clergyman, if there ever was one, is killed along with 13 of his henchmen; the state has at least 20 criminals and/or crime syndicates that have each murdered at least 100 people; Fafrana village in Bulandshehar district has witnessed the killing of two dozen people in the past few months alone – the list only grows in Uttar Pradesh.

It is tragic that almost everybody, including the Centre, seem to be only too willing to wash their hands off Uttar Pradesh. When asked about the situation in Uttar Pradesh by TSI, Shriprakash Jaiswal, Union Minister of State for Home, decided to stick to the rather staid and predictable Union Government stand: “Law and order is a state subject and the Mulayam Singh Government has provided a safe haven for criminals. The union minister held the administrations in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh responsible for not utilising the huge sums of money that had been provided for the modernisation of the police forces and thus, taking advantage of the prevailing situation, criminals in Uttar Pradesh were now contesting elections from prison cells.

Meanwhile, the state continues to fester. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the state accounts for 12.9% of the total number of crimes committed in the entire country; of the total number of murders, the state accounts for 18.2% and it may sound bizarre to many, more ‘attempt to murder’ cases have been registered in Uttar Pradesh (20.8%) than Jammu and Kashmir. Sadly, such data provided by the report does not end at this. In the year 2005, the number of people gunned down in J&K stood at 1,732, while the corresponding figure for Uttar Pradesh was 5,790. The magnitude of the crime wave in UP may be gauged by taking into account the casualties in the Meerut zone, which by itself exceeded that of Jammu and Kashmir. The data is gathering dust in a government report and no action has been initiated to mitigate the plight of millions of the common citizens.
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