Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday directed DGP Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there was no laxity in improving the law and order situation. The development comes hours after Bahujan Samaj Party Leader Mohd Shami was shot dead by bike-borne assailants in Allahabad late on Sunday.
Official sources said Adityanath expressed concern over the incident and stressed that restoring law and order was the top priority of his government.
The 60-year-old was gunned down by assailants near his residence in the Mauaima police station area, 40 km from the city, according to Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur.
A FIR has been registered against five people, said state Additional Director General of Police.
Daljeet Chowdhary, UP ADG (Law and Order)An FIR has been registered, 5 teams have been formed to arrest the accused.
Shami, the five-time president of the Mauaima block, was allegedly involved in a number of criminal cases – including cases relating to heinous offences like murder and dacoity, the SSP said.
According to BSP sources, Shami had joined the Mayawati-led party after ending his long association with the Samajwadi Party last year, following his loss in the panchayat polls.
Investigation Underway: BJP
The BJP government said that the incident is being investigated.
The UP DGP has been asked to hold a video conference with the district magistrates and the superintendents of police of all the 75 districts of the state to take stock of the law and order situation and other administrative issues, they said.
Deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma also met with Adityanath.
Earlier in the day, Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, the DGP and Principal Secretary Home Debashish Panda met the chief minister at the VVIP Guest House in UP ahead of his meeting with the senior officials of the state.
SP Condemns the Attack
SP member Naresh Agarwal commented on the shooting, saying:
We would request the Uttar Pradesh government that no compromise should be done in terms of law and order... Earlier when such incidents used to take place during the Samajwadi party regime, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used to dub our administration as ‘Gundaraj’. Now their government has come in power and we can see the results.
(With inputs from media agencies.)