NEW DELHI — Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh on Friday reacted sharply over killing of eight police personnel by criminals in Kanpur on Thursday and attacked Yogi government over the ‘hooliganism’ prevalent in the state.
Reacting on the incident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised questions about the safety of the common people in Uttar Pradesh after eight policemen were shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district.
“Another proof of hooliganism in Uttar Pradesh. When the police are not safe, how will the public be?” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, quoting a news report.
यू.पी. में गुंडाराज का एक और प्रमाण। जब पुलिस सुरक्षित नहीं, तो जनता कैसे होगी?
मेरी शोक संवेदनाएँ मारे गए वीर शहीदों के परिवारजनों के साथ हैं और मैं घायलों के जल्द स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूँ।https://t.co/jTptULhObH
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 3, 2020
He also extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased police personnel and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress’ general secretary and UP in-charge, also tweeted to call for action against the criminals.
Leaders of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), who took to Twitter, praised the police personnel for their bravery and called for action against those who killed the policemen.
“This is the most shameful incident in UP’s crime world in which the duty-bound police personnel paid the price for the nexus between criminals and people in power. The criminals should be caught alive and the present government must be exposed,” Akhilesh Yadav tweeted in Hindi.
The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati in her tweet called the incident “sad, shameful, and unfortunate.”
“It is clear that the UP government needs to be more alert and prepared, especially in the matter of law and order,” Mayawati tweeted in Hindi.
Eight police personnel, including a circle officer, were shot dead and six policemen seriously injured when a local criminal Vikas Dubey and his gang sprayed them with bullets in Kanpur.
A massive search operation has been launched to nab Vikas Dubey. The police are also using electronic surveillance. The police have recovered cartridges of AK-47 from the site of the incident.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the incident and offered his condolences to the families of the deceased.
(With inputs from IANS)