Budaun Double Murder Sparks Political Firestorm in UP

Budaun (UP): In a tragic incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun district, two minor boys were brutally murdered by a local barber, who was subsequently killed in a police encounter. The incident which occurred on Tuesday, has stoked a political firestorm, with parties blaming each other for the deteriorating law and order situation.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJP, accusing it of failing to maintain law and order. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav criticized the Yogi Adityanath government’s handling of the situation, emphasizing the loss of lives and condemning the government’s reliance on encounters to conceal its failures.

In response, BJP MP Sanghmitra Maurya highlighted the SP’s own governance record, alleging that under their rule, crimes and riots proliferated. Union Minister Giriraj Singh defended the Yogi government’s actions, stating that lawbreakers are swiftly dealt with in Uttar Pradesh, irrespective of their religious or political affiliations.

Congress leader Surendra Rajput joined the chorus of criticism against the state government, labelling the situation as “jungle raj” and demanding the government’s resignation over its failure to protect citizens.

According to the victims’ father, Vinod Kumar, the accused arrived at their house under the pretext of needing money for a family emergency. Subsequently, they lured the two boys to the roof and attacked them with a knife, resulting in fatal injuries. The motive behind the attack remains unknown.

Police have booked the accused under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), with one of them fleeing the scene and eventually succumbing to injuries during a police encounter. The injured third son is hospitalized and in stable condition.

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