Akhilesh fails to maintain peace

9th mob clash incident in SP reign

 The seven-month stint of UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has witnessed as many as nine incidents of communal violence across the state with the latest being the clashes in the land of Lord Rama Faizabad, which saw imposition of curfew after a gap of 20 years.

Faizabad and the adjoining town of Ayodhya had witnessed curfew on December 6, 1992 when the disputed structure had been demolished at Ayodhya by the karsevaks.

The recurring clashes have not only put a question mark on CM’s pledge to give a bhaya mukta (free from fear) society but has also provided his opponents an opportunity to corner him on law and order issue.

Barely two months after Akhilesh had been sworn in, communal violence rocked Kosi Kalan town in Mathura district. The violence that claimed two lives lasted for several days leading to the imposition of curfew.

Hardly had the authorities succeeded in ensuring normalcy at Kosi Kalan violence rocked Bareilly town in July which has a mixed population. The violence that erupted allegedly over playing music by the kanwarias (Hindu devotees carrying earthen pitchers filled with Ganga waters to be offered at the Shiva temples) led to imposition of curfew for several days and claimed five lives.

Barely a few days back, three people had lost their lives when police fired to disperse a frenzied mob at Ghaziabad district. Communal clashes also occurred at Sitapur, Kanpur, Allahabad and Pratapgarh districts though no life was lost in the violence.

BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said the government had lost control over the SP leaders, who love to break the law. Incidentally a ruling party leader was said to have been involved in triggering communal clashes at Kosi Kalan.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also echoes a similar view.

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