Date :14-Jul-2020

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BY FORMING a one-member committee, headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Shashi Kant Agrawal, to conduct an enquiry into the encounter of dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey and the village Bikru ambush of eight policemen, the Uttar Pradesh Government has effectively shut the naysayers who doubted the UP Police role. Soon after Dubey was shot down near Kanpur when he allegedly tried to escape police custody, questions were raised on the manner of the encounter casting aspersions on the Yogi Adityanath Government. It was being alleged that Dubey was killed to cover up his relations with political big wigs in Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi Government has done really well to mandate a retired HC judge to investigate all the incidents between July 2-3 and July 10 suggest ways to break nexuses, if any are found. It has come a day after the Government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the encounter. Both the steps have ensured that the UP Government was clear in its approach in dealing with crime and criminals. The probe commission shall bring out enough truth to shut the habitual doubters.
TILL the scientific community develops a potent vaccine to treat coronavirus patients, a constant battle is imperative to fight the disease with extreme precautions. It will be possible only with wholehearted cooperation by the populace. While there have been concerns of people taking unnecessary liberties after the Unlock phase, thereby putting fellow citizens’ lives in danger, Home Minister Amit Shah’s assertion that India is in a good position in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic presents the larger and true picture. Mr. Shah rightly highlighted the success of administration in overcoming challenges of a federal structure of governance, dense population of 130 crore people and absence of a single chain command. The present situation in India, as compared to some top countries, shows that India has done exceedingly well to contain the virus spread and minimising loss of human lives. The way ahead is quite tricky as lockdown would not be a permanent feature. Any lapse in concentration and determination by all the stakeholders can prove fatal. As Mr. Shah said, it is a united fight where India has to come out as a winner with flying colours.