Riot after riot since Akhilesh took over in UP

At least six communal clashes erupted during past five months

 Communal violence occurring at regular intervals in Uttar Pradesh, since the Samajwadi Party came to power earlier this year, has been giving nightmares to Akhilesh Yadav regime.

There have been at least six incidents of communal violence in different parts in the state in the past five months. Five people have lost their lives while scores others were injured raising a doubt on chief minister’s pledge to give a bhaya mukt (free from fear) society besides incurring the wrath of the opposition parties.
Barely two months after Akhilesh was sworn in communal violence rocked Kosi Kalan in Mathura district. 

The violence claimed four lives and lasted for several days leading to imposition of curfew.  It was reportedly a fallout of the simmering tension between the powerful Jat and the Muslim community. 

Peace returned to the town after several days but according to police sources here, tension still prevails below the surface.

The authorities had barely succeeded in ensuring normalcy at Kosi Kalan when communal violence rocked Bareilly which has a mixed population. 

The violence that erupted allegedly over playing of music by the kanwarias, the devotees carrying pitchers filled with holy Ganga water — led to imposition of curfew for several days and claimed at least one life.

Communal violence flared up once again in Bareilly after it had been effectively controlled and curfew still continues in the town.

Clashes have also occurred at Faizabad, Sitapur and Pratapgarh districts though they were not major and no life was lost in the violence.

Local factors

While intelligence officials here blame local factors for the communal clashes,  opposition parties have attributed them to an ineffective government and the goonda elements within the ruling party.

“Whenever the Samajwadi Party forms government, communal violence rocks the state.
 The government has no control over the ruling party leaders, who break law with impunity,” said Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly and Bahujan Samajwadi Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya. 

Incidentally, a ruling party leader is said to have been involved in triggering communal clashes at Kosi Kalan.

BJP echoes a similar view. 

Failure of govt

“The recurring incidents of communal violence show that the government has failed and the police are working under pressure”, BJP leader Vijay Pathak said.

Whatever be the reasons, the clashes have punctured the SP government’s promise to improve the law and order situation in the state, and  dented the image of the chief minister.

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