SP leaders continue to break law in UP

Partymen thrash people, grab their land

Notwithstanding the repeated warnings by the Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, SP leaders continue to break law with impunity causing huge embarrassment.

In the past 24 hours, at least two SP leaders were accused of thrashing people and trying to grab their lands in Pilibhit and Rampur districts.

According to reports, SP legislator Preetam Ram allegedly forced a family evict a piece of land in a posh locality in Pilibhit town.

The family members were assaulted when they resisted, reports said.

Their attempts to seek help from district officials proved futile because the perpetrators included the local MLA (that too of the ruling party).

Family terrorised

In another incident, senior SP leader and former MLA Veena Bhardwaj allegedly terrorised a family and threatened them of dire consequences when the latter tried to take the possession of land in Rampur town on Sunday.

The SP leader and her supporters beat up the labourers at the site and hounded them away, sources said.

Gurinder Singh, the property owner lodged a police complaint.

Police said the Allahabad High Court had passed an order in favour of Singh.

Earlier also, SP leaders have been accused of assaulting government officials.

A few months ago, minister for secondary education Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh had kidnapped a senior medical officer in Gonda district after the latter had refused to issue appointment letters to the candidates recommended by him for the post of doctors under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Barely a few days ago, Mulayam had warned the SP leaders that action would be taken against them if they did not mend their ways.

It seems that the repeated warnings by Mulayam and Akhilesh have fallen on deaf ears.

‘Media reports on law issue not real’ 

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said opposition and media were defaming the SP government over alleged law and order situation in the state and asked media to publish news responsibly, reports PTI from Etawah. “A lot of hue and cry is being raised alleging poor law and order in the state. You tell me, where is law and order bad? Whenever any incident takes place, TV channels and newspapers get their breaking news and headline,” Yadav said.

“You (media) should go into depth before running any story,” he said while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a private school here. “For selling news, headlines are needed, channels want breaking news. There is less reality more propaganda in poor law and order issue.”

He added that it was the opposition’s job to make an issue of nothing, but media should be careful before terming this as “breaking news”. Yadav said due to shortage of officers and employees in police department, work on law and order front had got affected but the state government would take steps to improve the situation.

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