Lucknow encounter staged to polarise votes in UP and improve BJP’s electoral fortunes: Advocacy group

March 9, 2017, 12:23 pm
Lucknow encounter staged to polarise votes in UP and improve BJP’s electoral fortunes: Advocacy group
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Lucknow encounter staged to polarise votes in UP and improve BJP’s electoral fortunes: Advocacy group

Lucknow encounter staged to polarise votes in UP and improve BJP’s electoral fortunes: Advocacy group

A day after a Muslim youth was shot in dead in an alleged encounter in Lucknow, an advocacy group has raised doubts on the police action and has described it as a tactic by the central government to polarise the last phase of election in UP in the BJP’s favour.

The group Rihai Manch, claimed that it had predicted such a scenario ahead of polls to help the BJP.

The UP Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) shot dead a ‘suspected militant’ in an operation that lasted nearly 12 hours on the outskirts of Lucknow early Wednesday. After the police action, the men in uniform changed its stance several times casting doubts on the state narrative. After the killing, police DIG said the slain man was an IS militant, but later retracted that he has no connection with the IS.

According to the statement issued by the Rihai Manch’s general secretary Rajeev Yadav, the entire story leading to this action was riddled with loopholes.

A similar attempt was made in Sambhal in the first phase of election but the Jat voters punctured the plan, said Yadav.

Such a questionable action on eve of election shows the desperation on part of the Modi government
Rajeev Yadav, Rihai Manch’s general secretary

The advocacy group said the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train Tuesday morning that set off the chain of events leading to the Lucknow encounter, was attributed to a tubelight blowout in one of the compartments. Passengers spoke about it on camera, so did SP GRP Krishna Veni who initially said that the blast was caused due to an electrical short circuit.

But the narrative changed after the Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh described the blast a terror strike.

The police has maintained it tried for surrender of youth holed up in the house, they even made his uncle to talk to him over phone
Rajeev Yadav, Rihai Manch’s general secretary

But no one is explaining how did the police know the name of terror suspect and where did it get the phone number of his uncle as well that of Saifullah who was killed in the action, the Indian Express reported.

Some reports say the police made the gunman Saifullah speak to his brother who implored him to surrender.

Yadav said Manch had predicted that the security agencies would stage something like this to improve political fortunes of the BJP in this election, creating an atmosphere claiming the Prime Minister could be attacked.

The Madhya Pradesh police had zeroed in on four men from CCTV footage at Bhopal railway station. They were picked up from Pipariya in Hoshangabad district earlier. These men are from Aligarh and Kanpur in UP.

The Rihai Manch is engaged in political mobilisation against wrongful implication Muslim youths in terror cases and has been fighting cases across the country on behalf of those it believes have been wrongfully arrested in terror cases. It came into existence after the Batla House encounter in Delhi in September 2008.