Bill To Kill Organised Crime In UP To Re-Appear In Assembly Today

The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill was passed by the UP assembly in December 2017. The UPCOCB was then sent to the legislative council

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Bill To Kill Organised Crime In UP To Re-Appear In Assembly Today

Yogi Adityanath's government wants to pass the UPCOCB to smash organised crime in Uttar Pradesh


Lucknow:  The Uttar Pradesh government will re-introduce in the state assembly today a new bill to smash organised crime in the state, after the bill could not be passed in the legislative council.

The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill or UPCOCB was passed by the UP assembly on December 21, 2017. The UPCOCB was then sent to the legislative council, where the opposition is in a majority.

On March 13, the UPCOCB was struck down in the UP legislative council where the Bharatiya Janata Party has only 13 members in the 100-member council, whereas the BJP has the numbers in the state assembly to comfortably push back the opposition.

The anti-crime bill was returned to the assembly the very next day, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

In the UP legislative council, Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party has 61 members, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has nine, Congress two, Rashtriya Lok Dal one and other parties 12. Two seats are vacant.

The UBCOCB is modelled on the lines of a similar law to control organised crime in Maharashtra, known as the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act or MCOCA. The Maharashtra law is based on the premise that the accused is guilty until proven innocent, and it is extremely difficult to get bail.
 
ak 47 up encounter

Uttar Pradesh police said they found an AK-47 assault rifle with a man who was gunned down in Noida on Sunday last. UP is looking to smash organised crime by passing the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill or UPCOCB (File)

Uttar Pradesh under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of the BJP has seen several encounters of alleged criminals with police; many of them have been gunned down, as recently as Sunday last when two men were killed in an encounter blitz in western UP in a span of 24 hours. One of the men who was killed in Noida, 15 kilometres from Delhi, was carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, police said.

The saffron-robed chief minister has indicated that his government, which came to power after sweeping the state in the assembly election in early 2017, will not tolerate crime and will do everything in its power to make the state safe for citizens.

Right activists have, however, criticised the state government of rushing through with crime-fighting with such speed that it could short circuit the due process of law. There's also concern of collateral damage. 

In January this year, an eight-year boy was killed after he was caught in crossfire between the police and alleged criminals near Mathura, about 450 km from the state capital Lucknow. The police team reportedly tried to negotiate with the alleged criminals but they started firing, which led to the encounter.

With inputs from PTI


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