GUWAHATI, July 11 � Alleging that the State Government has totally failed to maintain law and order in the State, public activist Prof Deven Dutta has urged the political parties to demand imposition of President�s Rule in the State.
Prof Dutta said in a statement that there was no rule of law and little protection to the lives and property of the common people, and that the worsening situation firmly warranted imposition of Article 356.
�The State has witnessed a collapse of law and order, as evident from the unprecedented rise in all sorts of crimes and criminal activities � often with the tacit endorsement of the ruling class. The common man has been left to fend for himself in a situation where the rule of law has ceased to have any meaning,� Prof Dutta said.
Pointing out that theft, robbery, kidnapping, murder, recovery of bodies, thriving syndicates run by mafia, drinking and drug addiction, drink-driving, massive swindling by fake financial institutions, etc., had registered a steep upswing, Prof Dutta said that the inadequate, ill-equipped and untrained police force was having little or no impact on the rising crime graph.
�The police force is quite insufficient to deal with the growing crimes, and matters have been made worse by its overwhelming preoccupation with so-called VIP security. Its only function is to guard ministers, political leaders and their cohorts, bureaucrats, surrendered militants and goons,� Prof Dutta said, adding that the nexus between criminals and police had no longer anything surreptitious about it.
Prof Dutta said that the recent spurt in political violence involving mostly the ruling Congress had laid bare the nexus between criminals and Congress ministers and other low-rung leaders.
�A ruling party MLA himself has come out with startling statements on a TV channel regarding the nature of their cadres. The attack on KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi at Dharmapur, the episode involving legislator Rumi Nath, including the communal statement of a minister, the ghastly Jogdal killings, etc., have exposed the party�s degeneration,� Prof Dutta said.
Prof Dutta said that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi being the Home Minister as well must own responsibility for the total lawlessness prevailing in the State as also the growing criminal activities of his party colleagues and members.
�The State is in the grip of anarchy with the common man bearing the brunt of the lawlessness. It is time the political parties demanded imposition of President�s Rule in the State,� Prof Dutta said.