`No breakdown of law and order in the state`

Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 20:54

Lucknow: Under attack over a spate of
crimes against women in UP, Mayawati government on Sunday said
there is no breakdown of law and order situation in the state
and stern and prompt action was being taken against the
culprits.

It alleged that Samajwadi Party workers were involved
in the brutal stabbing of a teenage girl by two youths who
were trying to rape her in Kannauj.

"Projection that there is law and order breakdown in
the state, arrangement is lacking and criminals are free to
commit crime is not right. Wherever incident take place stern
action has been taken by the government," Secretary
Information Prashant Trivedi told reporters here.

He said that in Kannauj where a 14-year-old girl was
stabbed in her eye after resisting rape attempt, prompt action
was taken wherein one of the accused was arrested and two
policemen placed under suspension on charges of laxity.

"The two youths Kuldeep (18) and Niranjan Yadav (17)
who attacked the girl after failing to rape her are Samajwadi
Party workers," Trivedi said.

He said that Niranjan has been arrested and raids were
being carried out to arrest the second accused.

"Sub-inspector Shiv Shanker Singh and constable
Fakhruddin had been placed under suspension for not lodging
FIR and failing to inform their seniors," he said.

He said that an 18-year-old dalit girl was raped at
gunpoint by one Shakti Singh in Basti district. An FIR has
been lodged and efforts were being made to arrest the accused.

Chief Minister Mayawati, meanwhile accused the media
of trying to mislead the people by raising old cases.

"The opposition parties want to corner me and my
party. I am struggling with this at every stage. But I want
tell that I am not going to accept defeat due to opposition`s
tricks. Because, unlike other leaders I have not come to
politics through dynasty. I have worked on the ground and
suffered. I know how to fight in tough times," the BSP supremo
said.

Trivedi said, "There were reports from May that a
15-year-old girl was held captive and raped for 14 days which
is not correct," he said.

The secretary said that the girl, a student of
Dhanwanti Balika Inter College eloped with the college
watchman Mathura Rajbhar on June 4.

"The girl, who was recovered by police today, has
admitted that she was not forced, but as the matter involved a
minor a rape case has been lodged against Mathura," he said.

He said that drawing conclusion that such incidents
are taking place due to lack of arrangements and proper action
was not justified.

"It`s a sad incident, but before making any
interpretation facts should be taken into account. The
government and administration is committed to the rule of
law," Trivedi said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 20:54

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