#GhazipurViolence: Akhilesh blames Adtiyanath's 'thok do' policy for cop's death
Speaking on the Ghazipur violence which killed a police constable on Saturday, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's thok do mentality was responsible for it. The deceased, Suresh Vats, was returning after doing his job at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Ghazipur when a mob pelted stones. Notably, 19 people have been arrested in this case.
Cops were doing their jobs, but were attacked
The cops were ordered to intervene in a protest organized by Nishad community members, who blocked a highway, demanding reservation. When the police reached there, the mob started pelting stones. 49-year-old Vats got injured. He was rushed to the nearby hospital but died during treatment. Notably, on December 3, an unruly mob killed inspector Subodh Singh in Bulandshahr by shooting him in the head.
Here's what former CM Yadav said on the incident
Yadav blamed Adityanath's governance and said, "This incident happened because the chief minister keeps saying thok do (shoot them), whether he is in the office or on the stage. Sometimes police cannot understand who to thokna (shoot) and sometimes people cannot understand whom to shoot."
Kabhi police ko samajh nai aata kise 'thokna' hai: Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav, SP on Ghazipur stone pelting incident where a policeman died: Ye ghatna isliye ghati hai kyunki CM sadan mein ho ya manch pe ho unki ek hi bhasha hai ‘thok do’. Kabhi police ko nahi samjh aata kise 'thokna' hai kabhi janta ko nahi samajh aata kise 'thokna' hai. pic.twitter.com/0eQCbhGhJe— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 30, 2018
Constable's son asks why no one intervened
VK Singh, the son of the deceased constable, asked how can the police provide security to common man if it can't even save their own. He said video showed VVIPs leaving the area in their cars. "Not even a single dignitary who was passing by stopped the car and tried to resolve the issue. Everybody was concerned about saving their own lives," he said.
Adityanath announces compensation, but son asks what's the use
Taking note of the incident, Adityanath announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 40 lakh for Vats' wife. But Singh said merely announcing compensation and a government job isn't going to curb violence. "Similar incidents took place in Bulandshahr and Pratapgarh. How can the government compensate for the lost lives?" he questioned. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against 32 named persons and 80 unidentified people.