Vikas Dubey ‘encounter’: What it means for BJP govt in UP

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 10

Key state Uttar Pradesh will vote for a brand new Assembly in a few yr and a half from now. The time period of the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath authorities is expiring in March 2022.   

It is in such a dynamic state of affairs that dreaded legal Vikas Dubey was in the present day killed by the police in an “encounter”, every week after the horrific Bikru incident the place he and his males killed a number of policemen. 

It additionally coincides with the ‘Brahmin Chetna Samvad’ initiated by Congress chief Jitin Prasada to regain help of “upper caste Hindus” feeling “neglected and sidelined” by ‘thakur’ CM Adityanath. 

Regional gamers SP and BSP have additionally pulled out all stops, elevating questions in regards to the “encounter” that ended the free run the hardcore legal within the state beneath numerous regimes, together with theirs.

Also learn: In 2017-18, NHRC despatched a number of notices to UP govt on ‘encounters’ by police

Political observers are sensing attention-grabbing dimensions to the multi-layered state of affairs unfolding in UP, a state pushed by caste and group equations, within the run-up to the polls. 

Asserting that criminals must be given exemplary punishment in a correct method, they are saying the present state of affairs could also be used to “widen the existing gap” between castes whereas Dubey’s protectors, in police and political events, go scot-free. 

UP-based political observer Sudheer Panwar explains: “Because of media and public consideration the killing of Dubey assumes political implications. Congress’ ‘brahmin’ face, Prasada, has began motion to wean off the caste from the BJP on the pretext of ‘thakur’ dominance. 

“He has criticised encounter of Dubey’s relatives, alleging misbehaviour of the police with his mother, father, wife and son, which may find resonance with members of the caste. The killing of Dubey may deepen further the gulf between ‘thakurs’ and ‘brahmins’. However, the CM will get support from those who appreciate his ‘thok do’/ tit for tat policy,” says Panwar. 

After the killing/encounters of criminals belonging to so-called higher caste Hindu group, the Opposition might also discover it exhausting to query ‘dharmnirpekshata’ (secularism) of Adityanath authorities. While Dubey’s finish could increase the picture of the CM is it the reply to the true drawback, the politician-police system that gives patronage to criminals, they query.

“SP, BSP and Congress may blame Aditynath but the state is in current pitiful situation because of all political parties, including the BJP. In the hinterlands of UP and Bihar, criminals have a tremendous hold on people,” they are saying.

BJP sources say Adityanath needs to finish the nexus and is ready for the criticism as a result of he’s conscious that’s what a big majority of individuals need. “Dons like Dubey have been encouraged, patronised by all parties, most by SP and BSP. In the past 15 years law and order became a major issue with politicisation of police force. Yadavs were hired during the SP regime, resulting in a corrupt, inefficient and politicised police force and deteriorating law and order,” they are saying. 

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