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Thursday , May 3 , 2012
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Siddiqui slash at law and order

Patna, May 2: Leader of the Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui today cited the recent attacks by the “Blade Man” to take a jab at the Nitish Kumar-led government’s claim over improved law and order in the state.

Siddiqui said: “He (Nitish) talks about introducing scientific investigation to cope with the situation of crime but for the past many days, an unknown person has created panic in the area. But police have failed to nab the culprit. If the police cannot catch the criminal at a particular area, what kind of scientific investigation is he talking about?”

His reference was to the recent “Blade Man” attacks that have created havoc in the Patna City area.

Siddiqui added: “The common man in that area are living under fear all the time. They have stopped stepping out of their homes. There is panic everywhere. Mothers are asking their daughters not to venture out. Almost everyday, someone is slashing people with a blade. What kind of system (Nitish) is he talking about? People have lost faith on the police”.

He also lashed out at Nitish for police detaining innocent people. “Forget about catching the culprit, the police is detaining innocent people everyday in the case. Why kind of impression is it making? If they cannot catch the criminal, the police should stop arresting the wrong people,” said Siddiqui.

Talking further on the Blade Man issue, the Leader of the Opposition said: “The police has failed to crack the case so far. If the police cannot crack a single case in a particular area, what will happen if there is a terrorist activity in the state? Are the police of our state prepared to tackle such a situation? I don’t think so”.

“This is how the police are working in the regime of Nitish. We have been saying time and again that the law and order in the state is on verge of collapse but this government has turned a deaf ear on this sensitive issue,” stressed Siddiqui. He cited another example of the police’s role. “In today’s incident at Aurangabad, police fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the political leaders, including RJD MLA Samrat Choudhury when they were protesting to arrest the murderer. Last month, Chotu Kushwaha was killed but police have failed to catch the criminal. All the leaders from different political parties sat on dharna after taking permission from the district magistrate but despite it, the police used harsh mechanism to disperse the crowd.”

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