Men in khaki under attack in UP, three shot this month

Policemen in UP are under attack, literally. Amid spiralling crime, policemen now face threats of assault. More than a dozen policemen have been attacked in the last one year in the state, while half a dozen have been shot dead by criminals.

The dead include a deputy superintendent of police, an inspector and constables.
The situation has seemingly spun out of control, with three policemen being shot in June alone. Such is the crisis that the Uttar Pradesh Police Association (UPPA) has asked chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to go for a “course correction” in the law and order front.

Leaders of UPPA said police were at the receiving end of criminals and people, largely owing to “political interference” and a perception that the state has no government.
UPPA president Subodh Yadav said there has been a flurry of attacks on policemen and police stations. Police weapons had been looted and police stations had been burnt down.

“From day one it was clear that this government did not have the iqbal. When its own policemen are being killed in broad daylight, what can be said of the security and safety of the common man?” said Vijay Bahadur Pathak of BJP.

Senior police officials admit that such incidents were alarming. Additional director general of police Arun Kumar said his men were after the criminals who shot dead a station house officer in Allahabad.

In the last two years, more than 40 policemen have been killed in the state. They include those killed in gun battles, by criminals and by mobs. A total of 25 others have been wounded in mob fury.

Twenty-eight of the casualties were aged between 18 and 35 years. Former director general of police Vikram Singh called the attacks on the police force a “serious and ominous development”.

He said the frequency with which these have happened had shocked even veterans in the force. “The brazen manner in which cops are being attacked is certainly shocking,” said a senior officer.

According to the Congress, the Samajwadi Party government has no right to continue in office. “The state is in the verge of anarchy, there is complete lawlessness. Akhilesh Yadav has failed completely,” said Pradeep Mathur, who heads the Congress in the state Assembly.

Senior Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swamy Prasad Maurya said criminals tend to go on the rampage whenever the SP is voted to power. For once, even the men in kakhi were facing the heat, he added.

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