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Not ‘Ram Raj’, it’s ‘Nathuram Raj’ in Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav

JHANSI: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav slammed the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, saying there is not "Ram Raj" but "Nathuram Raj" in the state, a day after he visited the family of a youth killed in a police encounter over alleged illegal sand mining.
"Besides mob lynching, now there is also police lynching which can be seen here," the SP chief told newspersons.
Police said Pushpendra Yadav was killed in an encounter on Sunday after he opened fire on a patrol team. But his family members have alleged that he was killed in a staged gunfight after he refused to pay bribe to the police station in-charge and threatened to expose him.
The initial statements of Jhansi SSP and the SHO on the encounter were inconsistent.
The SP chief visited Pushpendra Yadav's family on Wednesday and assured them help.
On Thursday, he said, "There are many loopholes in the police story."
Akhilesh Yadav said he has "no trust" in the police and the administration.
"Which Ram Raj is going on in UP? This is not Ram Raj but Nathuram Raj. With mob lynching, police lynching have also started in the state," he said at a press conference.
Jhansi Senior Superintendent of Police O P Singh had told reporters on the night of the encounter that the SHO was returning alone in his private vehicle from vacation when the exchange of fire took place, but the Station House Officer involved said he was on patrol duty with two constables.
Police have also claimed Pushpendra Yadav, who ran a sand mining business, was shot dead after he opened fire on the police officer who had seized his truck a few days earlier.
Pushpendra Yadav's family alleged that the area police officer in-charge, Dharmendra Chauhan, was demanding Rs 1.5- lakh bribe to release his truck.
"I want justice. My husband…he had given money earlier but was asked for more. When he did not give it my husband was shot dead. I want justice," his wife Shivangi said, sobbing before visiting mediapersons.
They had married just three months ago.
"We demand a probe by a sitting high court judge. It's not an encounter but a murder," Akhilesh Yadav said.
"Not much should be expected from the police force of a state where the chief minister openly asks them to 'thok dalo' (shoot) those tRead More – Source

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