2 days after, no end to SP goondaism
March 9, 9:45 IST
Lucknow: Incidents of violence involving Samajwadi Party (SP) workers
show no signs of abating. The incidents which started soon after SP
posted a huge win in the UP assembly election on Tuesday, continued on
Thursday raising serious doubts over repeated statements by the
party's youth icon Akhilesh Yadav that 'goondaism' would not be
tolerated. In fact, it was precisely because of the severe law and
order problem during the last SP regime that the party was booted out
of power in 2007.
SP workers indulged in firing and brick-batting in Bimbiya village of
Reusa area in Sitapur district on Thursday. They later set several
huts afire. A local police official told reporters that the workers
were supporters of the local SP candidate who had won. Six people were
injured in the incident. The attackers allegedly beat up these people
in Reusa and set their huts afire, charging them with voting for
another candidate. A case has been registered against 12 miscreants,
while two of the attackers have been arrested.
In the Gangu Nangla village of Garh Mukteshwar in Panch Sheel Nagar
district of west UP, SP workers damaged a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar.
They were also reported to have beaten up several Dalit supporters of
the BSP in an election-related dispute.
In Agra, the husband of the 'pradhan' of Parvatipura village falling
in Bah assembly constituency was killed in election-related enmity. A
number of SP workers are alleged to have been involved in the murder.
In another incident, SP workers damaged huts belonging to Dalits in
Bhadohi in eastern UP. Reports reaching here said the dispute was
related to the recently concluded election.
The disturbances had, in fact, broken out at several places in UP on
Tuesday evening soon after it became clear that the SP had bagged a
comfortable majority on its own.
The first incident was reported from Sambhal in Bhimnagar district of
western UP where rejoicing SP workers indulged in indiscriminate
celebratory firing in which a seven-year-old boy was killed.
In Jhansi, rampaging SP workers damaged government property at a
counting centre in Babina area. The party men were upset over a
technical snag in the EVMs. SP workers damaged media cameras and held
over a dozen journalists hostage for several hours.
SP workers agitated over the loss of a candidate in Ferozabad blocked
traffic on National Highway-2 and indulged in stone-pelting. Police
had to fire tear gas shells to quell the mob. One person was killed in
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