Quite satisfied with the Uttar Pradesh-style of police high-handedness that is increasingly being compared to the Gestapo of the Nazi Germany, Pawan Kumar Jaiswal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Dhaka constituency said the same style of policing was required in Bihar to get a grip on crime.
“Bihar is in need of UP-like ‘overturning of vehicles’ to get control over crime,” Jaiswal said on Thursday referring to the death of notorious criminal Vikas Dubey who died when, while being transported to UP from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, the vehicle ‘accidentally’ turned over and crashed killing Dubey on the spot.
His Clint Eastwood style of bravado, however, didn’t go too well with the opposition that wasted no time in slamming him saying UP, under Yogi Adityanath whose real name is Ajay Mohan Bisht, had become a state without any rule of law where cops were running amok and people were being arrested for saying anything negative about the Modi or Yogi government.
“Jaiswal wants to turn Bihar into a lawless state like UP where no one is safe any longer except for those who were strong Modi supporters. Nitish Kumar would be well advised to ignore Jaiswal’s suggestion,” said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Suresh Yadav.
Congress leaders in Bihar also condemned Jaiswal’s statement saying UP was not setting a good example for the rest of the nation and Bihar would be better off by not emulating its discriminatory and communal policies.
Meanwhile, Jaiswal nearly twisted himself into a pretzel trying to clarify what he said and what he meant.
“What I really said was that governance in Bihar under Nitish Kumar was superb as it was focused on development and crime control. Sometimes vehicles going at a high-speed overturn and when the criminals are trying to flee the crime scene, their vehicles can also turn over,” he said.