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Political slugfest over Mathura violence

The Akhilesh Yadav government on Friday came under attack over Mathura violence from opposition parties which questioned the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, where elections are due next year, and alleged that encroachers were enjoying political patronage.

Political slugfest over Mathura violence
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Family members of SP Mukul Dwivedi who lost his life on the clash with encroachers in Mathura

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BSP supremo Mayawati said the SP government should resign taking responsibility for the ‘unfortunate and painful’ incident and demanded a time-bound judicial inquiry.

BJP sought a CBI probe and claimed the incident reflected the ‘lawlessness’ in the state.

“Mathura incident is entirely because of intelligence failure. Timely assessment was not done as to how many people were present at the spot and what fire-arms they possessed. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav cannot escape moral responsibility,” state BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

Rahul Gandhi mounted an attack on the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh over the violence in Mathura, saying it is a stark reminder of the ‘deteriorating’ law and order situation in the state. He hoped that the government will ensure that peace is restored  and the guilty are punished. Senior Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Singh Yadav said there should be no politics over the incident. “Politics should not be done over the dead,” Yadav said, even as Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal said it was easy to blame any government.

“It is very easy to blame a government. But this government is doing its job,” Agarwal, whose son is a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, said.

Slain police officers’ families reject compensation

With Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav announcing Rs 20 lakh compensation to the families of the two police officers and claiming that these brave sacrifices would be remembered forever, the families of the two deceased have rejected the government offer and questioned the security cover of the slain officers.

The mother of Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi, rejected the compensation offered by the UP CM and said she instead wants her son back. Similar views were expressed by the family members of SHO Santosh Yadav in Jaunpur, who also rejected the government’s compensation and questioned why such things happened.

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