“I would ask you to see the NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) report of 2018 and see the comparison. If you see the crime rate (crimes per 100,000 people), among 28 states and eight Union Territories, UP has the 24th rank in rapes, 26th rank in murders, 31st rank in dacoity, 23rd rank in POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) cases and 14th rank in incidents involving outraging modesty of a woman,” Kumar said, when asked if UP was slipping into jungle ‘raj’ given the prevalence of crime. He said UP has a population of 24 crore so the crime rate has to be the yardstick. “You cannot compare UP to, say, Sikkim. Even in the total IPC (Indian Penal Code) crime rate, we are at 24th position. So how has crime increased?” Kumar said.
On the attacks by the opposition parties, Kumar said such attacks are political in nature. “Stakes are high in UP. I am not saying that crimes are not happening, but to imagine a crime-free society is not possible in this modern day and age. There will be some crimes and unfortunate incidents, but overall the crime situation is in our favour. Crimes are happening in other states too, like Rajasthan and Maharashtra, but they are not highlighted for other reasons. We have 75 districts and every murder is highlighted,” he said. He added that in the Yogi Adityanath government, there has been no communal riot or caste conflict in the state and all fairs and festivals passed peacefully. “A majority of crime cases have been worked out,” Kumar said.
The ADG said in the case of the murder of a journalist in Ballia on Monday, majority of the accused had been arrested. “The journalist was not murdered because he had written something or exposed something. It was a family dispute and he was killed by his own relatives. He was named as an accused in a case in 2019 by the other side and he had also lodged a cross-case,” Kumar said.
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1 Comment on this Story
Krishna Kumar C58 days ago
Very good view, Arun. The story is also very apt. The only way for Congress to survive is to identify with common man and take up their cause strongly and with complete involvement and commitment. The days are different, they have to use the modern tools but as you point out the matter can not be left at a tweet!