Amid escalating caste clashes between Dalits and upbeat Rajput (Thakurs) in Saharanpur district of western Uttar Pradesh, the entire nation is once again shattered over repeat of heinous gang rape with four women from the same family in front of their family members on Jewar-Bulandshahr highway in the wee hours of May 25, 2017. The miscreants gun downed one member who objected to the goons misbehaving with the women of his family. This gruesome crime reminded similar incident that happened in the same area during Akhilesh Yadav regime on 29 July, 2016 drawing nationwide protests and rebuke from Supreme Court over politicisation of such a grim crime by then minister Mohd. Azam Khan who termed it as â€śpolitically motivated.â€ť
It was just two month back the saffron, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won the confidence of the people of Uttar Pradesh on the plunk of â€śNo rule of goons, No corruption,â€ť (Na Gunda Raj Na Bhrashtachar) but despite all sincerity, the new chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath could not be able to command a firm grip on law and order machinery as crime graph is going high despite major shakeup in police and district administration.
When the Yogi government was attacked by the opposition parties in the recently held assembly session on account of poor and deteriorating law and order in the state, he replied pointwise during his address on motion of thanks to Governorâ€™s joint address. He explained that two monthsâ€™ time is very less to bring back on the tracks the derailed system that he inherited from Samajwadi Party. He assured on the floor of the House that his government will have zero tolerance for crime and corruption and will not spare anybody howsoever high he may be.
Despite his resolve, Yogi knows it well that he leading a cocktail cabinet wherein BJP has to make space for breakaway leaders from other political parties as a part of its well-planned social engineering aimed to consolidate non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits to its fold. Therefore, the strong presence of its opponent caste forces are now becoming root cause of escalating caste clashes and tensions all over the state.
Whereas the integrity of Yogi is above board but most of the turned coats in his cabinet had tainted past with corruption charges. He is planning to keep a close watch and check on them through deputing trust worthy bureaucrats with them but it will take some time to build effective network. Some retired public spirited senior bureaucrats feel that â€śin the process he is being unduly influenced by caste considerations in picking up district and police administration totally committed to him.â€ť Whispers in high echelon the power circles reflect bickering among rank and file of the bureaucracy about favouritism visible in the selection of DM, SSPs and high level postings.
Political circles amuse the way how Yogi is relying and acting on apparently motivated advices as most of the postings of Principal Secretaries and District Magistrates surprised many as their track of record was not closely scrutinised. Nobody really knows who is calling the shots? Is there too much organisational interference from some office bearer? For example ultimately CM Yogi suspended SSP Saharanpur Subhash Chandra Dubey for his slackness to contain caste violence that led to confrontation between Dalits and Thakurs resulting in murders of both sides. Though Dubey was removed from sensitive posting of SSP Muzzfarnagar when he failed to manage communal riots but despite his track record he was trusted for Saharanpur where he again failed miserably. Questions are being raised by opposition parties with regard to administrative inexperience of Aditya Nath to run his government as some of the blue-eyed officers of Akhilesh and Mayawati have managed coveted postings in this government too despite being in the direct range of firing in the campaigning done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So message is loud and clear that Yogi lacks trusted and able officers in his team whereas PM Modi inducted competent retired bureaucrats in his team and allowed extension to some of the able and honest officers. The consultancy services of many popular and retired bureaucrats with rich administrative experience could be utilized in the interest of the state who had perfect perception of state complexities and successfully served central government.
Under tremendous attack from opposition parties in and outside the state legislature the Yogi Adityanath government on 24th May 2017 suspended Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Saharanpur Subhash Chandra Dubey and District Magistrate (DM) NP Singh over their inability to control the situation after fresh violence hit Saharanpur leading to one more murder of a Dalit youth. Divisional Commissioner M.P. Agarwal and DIG Jitendra Kumar Shahi have been transferred. Who allowed BSP Chief Mayawatiâ€™s public meeting among the sensitively charged people of the areas? It reflects poor management of the stateâ€™s Home Department. New Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar enjoyed excellent rapport with Akhilesh but his administrative acumen would be tested in handling worsened law and order situation with phenomenal rising trend of organised crime and partisan police and administrative machinery on the basis of caste chemistry.
A gang of six men waylaid a car just a kilometre from theÂ Yamuna expressway in Greater Noida in the early hours of 25th May, 2017, dragged its eight passengers to a field and allegedly gang-raped the four women among them. The four male passengers were made to squat, tied up execution-style with the womenâ€™s dupattas and thrashed before one of them, a 38-year-old scrap dealer, was shot in the chest from point-blank range because he had put up a resistance. He died on the spot due to excessive bleeding. His wife (35), sister (35) and sister-in-law (50) were among the women in the gangâ€™s clutches. The 50 year old women pleaded for mercy that â€śtake away our all belongings but spare women as they are like your mother and sisters,â€ť but their devil cruelty had no place for human feelings and they did not spare anyone. The gang behind it, apparently a group of robbers that stopped their vehicle by scattering the spikes on a stretch of Sikandrabad-Jewar road in Sabota Mustfabad village, just off the Yamuna expressway in Jewar.
The growing lawlessness was evident all over the state. On 15th May, 2017 armed miscreants shot dead two jewelers and looted crores of Rupees from their shop in Mathura district. Statewide protests from jewelers and traders led to closure of markets. Denial of Extortion money said to be cause behind the incident as these businessmen were allegedly paying protection money to local police that use to be distributed among the senior officers, criminals and politicians. The incident is said to be result of changing political dynamics after the reshuffle in police and administrative set up after new government took over the reins of power. Disgruntle criminals executed this crime to keep alive their nuisance value.
The constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Varanasi, also witnessed brutal robbery on 8th April, 2017 in a jewelerâ€™s shop in the busiest Thatheri Bazar market. In Firozbad a glass factory owner Sanjay Mittal was kidnaped on 19th May, 2017 for want of ransom. Sambhal saw communal clashes over a matter of love affair resulted in arson and tension on 19th May, 2017. Earlier on March 29 there was raids on account of cow slaughter resulted in minor clashes. On 12th, May, 2017 there was communal clashes in Gonda that mounted tension in nearby eastern districts of UP.