SP workers 'raid' police outpost

Party leaders grapple with lawlessness

Despite warnings by the top leadership of Samajwadi Party against taking the law into their own hands, party supporters seem to have ignored the word of caution.

According to police, an SP leader and his supporters allegedly raided a police outpost in Gonda district last Friday, forcing those on duty to abandon the outpost and flee.

Police said SP leader Arshad Hussain was informed by his supporters that a party worker was picked up by police.

Then Hussain and his supporters rushed to the police outpost and roughed up two cops who were on duty there, forcing the policemen to flee.

“We are investigating the matter,” said a senior police official. SP workers, despite being warned by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, continue to unleash terror across the state since the party came to power by beating Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in the recent Assembly polls.

Just a few days ago, supporters of state sericulture minister Mehboob Ali had created a ruckus on a highway in Jyotiba Phule Nagar and even fired shots in the air during the minister’s reception function.

In another incident, an SP worker allegedly beat a youth to death in Kanpur after he refused to pay a meagre Rs 300 as ‘protection money’. More such cases were reported from across UP after SP came to power.

Hooliganism

The incidents are an embarrassment to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has committed to change the ‘gun culture’ with which the party is allegedly identified.

Several SP workers were also expelled on charges of hooliganism. State minister Shiv Kumar Beria on Saturday blamed the media for “exaggerating” incidents of violence in the state and “targeting the yadav community”.

“Crime happens everywhere, but the media have been singling out the Yadavs and branding them as criminals,” said Beria, when asked about the rising crime cases
in the state after SP came to power.

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