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Priyanka Gandhi Says Criminals Roaming Free in UP, State Police Counter Claims With Data

Gandhi hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government for the detereorating law and order situation in the state and asked if the state has 'surrendered before criminals'.


Updated:June 29, 2019, 5:10 PM IST
Priyanka Gandhi Says Criminals Roaming Free in UP, State Police Counter Claims With Data
File photo of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Lucknow: The law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh sparked a Twitter war of words between Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the state police.

On Saturday, Gandhi hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government, saying criminals were “roaming around freely, doing as they like” in Uttar Pradesh. In a tweet, she also sought to know whether the state government has "surrendered before criminals".

The Congress has earlier too alleged that harassment, rapes and crimes against women have become a "daily affair" under the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, and asserted that while people suffer under the "jungle raj", the dispensation is unperturbed.

Gandhi’s tweet, however, did not go down well with UP Police, which responded with data to counter her claims.

The official handle of the state police tweeted that in cases of serious crimes, 9,225 criminals were arrested in two years and 81 were killed. It added that instances of robbery, murder, dacoity and abduction had also reduced.

Crediting their immediate and stringent action for the reduction in crime rates by 20-35%, UP Police said: “Visible policing, strong monitoring, effective action against hardened criminals and public interaction has enabled us to win the confidence of people.”

State Law Minister Brijesh Pathak, when asked about Gandhi's remarks, asserted that since the formation of BJP government in the state, the network of criminals has been broken.

Pathak said, "The network of criminals has been broken in the state. Our government is acting tough on criminals. There are incidents of crime due to enmity and prompt action is taken by police wherever crime is reported."

The Samajwadi Party had also attacked the BJP government for a "spurt in crime" in the state.

After a video of two inmates flashing a country-made pistol at the Unnao jail went viral on social media, the SP termed the incident an "open challenge" to Adityanath. The party alleged the jails in the state were in the pocket of criminals.

(With inputs from PTI)

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