The effigy of Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Madhya Pradesh
Government's Home Minister Umashankar Gupta's effigy was put on fire
here on Tuesday by Congress activists to express their ire over the
deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
The Congress workers along with Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, (MPCC),
office-bearers were infuriated over the ever increasing crime rate
in the state like loots, abductions, dacoities, murders, rapes,
gang-rapes etc. While putting afire the effigy near the MPCC office
they demanded from the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to
immediately recommend to the Governor to dismiss the Home Minister
According to Congressmen, criminals are indulging in their
dare-devil acts under the protection of ministers and BJP leaders
and as such they care two hoots about the police. The police force
has become a silent spectator under political pressure, they
MPCC general secretary Lalit Jain, spokesmen KK Mishra, Arvind
Malviya, JP Dhanopia and Congress leaders Deepti Singh, Ravishankar
Pandey, Pooja Thakur, Priti Markam, Richa Gaur, Kalpana Joshi,
Sushila Joshi, Arun Chouhan, Rahul Sharma, Amit Singh, Vikram Singh,
Monu Koushalesh were present amongst hundreds of Congress activists
on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Congress Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly
Ms Jamuna Devi while expressing concern over the dismal law and
order situation in the State in a statement alleged that the main
cause was the ruling BJP's "needless intervention" in
While referring to offences including Monday's major crimes in
Madhya Pradesh's commercial capital Indore and state capital Bhopal,
she said the BJP regime seems to be clueless to the rising crime
graph and as such is useless. The tribal leader alleged that while
Chief Minister Chouhan was busy extolling his “achievements”,' the
anti-socials were indulging in horrendous crimes one after the other
right under the government's nose.
"This constitutes both a challenge to the regime and mockery of it,"
she felt and suggested that the Chief Minister must ensure that
senior officials take stock of the ground-level situation and come
face-to-face with reality.
Ms Jamuna Devi cited some of the recent incidents wherein in
Burhanpur boys burnt an adolescent girl belonging to Scheduled Caste
when she protested their advances. In the state capital a university
student became victim of gang-rape. In another incident an
engineering student shot at his fiancé before shooting himself dead.