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    UP : Gangsters are back thanks to Samajwadi PArty

    Goonda Raj Redux


    Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav had promised a regime without criminals. Three months later, some of the most dreaded ganglords in the state are strolling in and out of prison as they wish. Ashish Khetan exposes a disturbing trend

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    MY PHOTOGRAPHER and I have been waiting in a taxi for over two hours outside the Gorakhpur Divisional Jail. It is 7 June and the sun is unbearably harsh. The jail is heavily garrisoned. A dozen-odd policemen with rifles are posted at the typically imposing jail gate. Additionally, a posse of cops is deployed outside the compound. To avoid any suspicion, we are parked under a tree, at a short distance from the jail boundary. At around 1 pm, a white Tata Sumo (registration number UP-53 AS 8797) with black tinted windows, pulls over. Two men step out of the vehicle. Both have walkie-talkies tucked under their belts. For the next half hour, these men and the jail guards chat, occasionally patting each other on the back and laughing over shared humour.

    Around 2 pm, a dark blue police mini-truck with 207 Vajra painted on its side pulls up. Three constables and a sub-inspector step out of the vehicle. The men with walkie-talkies have been waiting for them. The sub-inspector and these men chat for a few minutes. A little later, as the constables wait outside, the sub-inspector enters the jail gate. After 15 minutes, he comes out accompanied by Amarmani Tripathi, Uttar Pradesh’s dreaded gangster and now a heavyweight Samajwadi Party (SP) politician. Tripathi, 58, is serving a life-term for the murder of Madhumita Shukla, a young woman who he had an affair with. Madhumita came from a poor family and was a budding poet. She was only 20 when she was gunned down at her Lucknow residence in May 2003. Madhumita was killed because she had refused to abort the love child she had with Tripathi. At the time of the murder, Madhumita was six months pregnant and Tripathi was a minister of state in the BSP government. Faced with a media outrage, then chief minister Mayawati had not only sacked Tripathi from her government and party but also ordered a CBI investigation, which ensured a guilty verdict.

    However, ever since Akhilesh Yadav has taken oath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on 15 March, Tripathi is a life-convict only on paper. In reality, he is a free man. For the past three months, every afternoon, a police vehicle arrives at the prison to escort Tripathi, ostensibly to take him to BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, for some medical procedures. Tripathi’s private vehicles also reach the jail around the same time. Once out of the jail complex, Tripathi, instead of being ushered into the police truck with its spare interiors, climbs into his luxury vehicle. With the police truck behind them, the vehicle drives straight to the BRD Medical College where Tripathi parks himself in a private luxury room. For the next several hours, a durbar is held in this room, where a crowd of 100-150 people, comprising his followers and gang members, gather every day to meet the gangster. Tripathi takes petitions, makes phone calls, writes letters to officials, negotiates property deals, mediates in land disputes and holds meetings with his gang. Later in the evening, he drives back to prison to keep the façade of life imprisonment going.

    A life-term means imprisonment for life, but in practice, a convict can move for premature release after 14 years, which is almost always granted. The newly formed Samajwadi Party government with its absolute majority is slated to be in power till 2017. Tripathi has been in jail since 2003. Hence, it is reasonable to deduce that with the formation of the Samajwadi Party government in UP, Tripathi’s jail sentence has, for all practical purposes, come to an end.

    • II •

    AS TRIPATHI walks out of the jail gate, the men in the Tata Sumo bring the vehicle right outside the jail compound. One man jumps out and stands by the door, ready to open it. Dressed in a crisp blue kurta, freshly polished leather sandals on his feet and expensive looking sunglasses to shade his eyes, Tripathi walks towards the Tata Sumo. My photographer starts clicking pictures. Tripathi spots us. He turns around and walks straight to us.

    “It’s not a good thing to take somebody’s pictures against his wishes,” he says in a threatening tone.

    “I know my limits. I am standing on a public road and doing a work of public interest,” I reply.

    “Who are you?” asks Tripathi.

    “I’m a Delhi-based journalist,” I say, giving Tripathi my visiting card.

    “Why didn’t you meet me first?”

    Tripathi then turns towards my photographer. He recognises him instantly. He is a local photojournalist. “Bachuwa tum to yehi ke ho. Sab achha hai?” (Kid, you belong to this place. All’s well, I hope?) Issuing a veiled threat, Tripathi holds the photographer’s face in his hand and squeezes it hard. By now, the policemen and Tripathi’s men have also surrounded us.

    “Delete the pictures,” he commands the photographer. “The pictures will not be deleted,” I intervene.

    Tripathi leaves my photographer and turns towards me. “Please leave now,” he says after a few moments of silence.

    “After you,” I say.

    “Nahi. Hum aapke protocol me khade hai.” (No, you first, I am waiting in your decorum.)

    I get into the car and ask my driver to leave. After driving for about 100 metres, we again stop for a few seconds and take a few more pictures. Later, we dropped the idea of filming Tripathi’s durbar at the medical college. We reckoned that since we had been seen, there was a fair chance we could be assaulted at the hospital. Living to tell the tale is the maxim of every reasonable journalist.

    Tripathi runs an organised crime syndicate in eastern UP. His criminal record spans over three dozen cases, covering a wide spectrum of offences — murder, extortion, abduction, assault, attempt to murder, etc. Until the Madhumita murder investigation by the CBI, no local court could return a guilty verdict against him. Invariably, the witnesses would turn hostile or the evidence would disappear. On the CBI’s application, in February 2007, in order to ensure a free and fair trial, the Supreme Court had ordered the Madhumita murder case to be tried by a special CBI judge in Dehradun, more than 800 km from Tripathi’s stronghold, Gorakhpur.

    But while the Supreme Court considered Tripathi to be a threat to the administration of justice, the Samajwadi Party nominated him as its candidate from Lakshmipur constituency in Maharajganj district in the 2007 Assembly elections. Tripathi contested the elections from jail and won by 20,000 votes. Six months later, in October 2007, the Dehradun Court awarded him a life-term for Madhumita’s murder.

    During the five years of Mayawati’s rule, Tripathi remained incarcerated in a Dehradun jail. He was kept away from the state, his ties cut with his gang. In June 2011, he was permitted by the court to come to Gorakhpur to attend his mother’s funeral. At the funeral ceremony, he feigned illness and collapsed, after which he was taken to the BRD Medical College. With the help of hospital authorities, he managed to stay admitted in the medical college for more than two months. When this was brought to light, the Mayawati government sent him back to Dehradun Jail and took departmental action against a police inspector and four constables, while ordering a probe against the doctors who gave Tripathi tailor-made medical reports. But on 15 March, even as Akhilesh was taking oath as UP chief minister, Tripathi was being transported to the Gorakhpur Divisional Jail.

    Tripathi is an important Brahmin leader for the otherwise Yadav-dominated Samajwadi Party. Since he is now a lifetime convict and thus disqualified from contesting the polls, the Samajwadi Party in 2012 gave the ticket to his son, Amanmani Tripathi, from the Nautanwa constituency in Maharajganj district. However, it was Amarmani who was the de-facto candidate. He released a video from jail, in which he exhorted his constituents to vote for his son.

    “Your vote will help me in securing my release from jail. I have always made you proud. I have made and unmade chief ministers. It was your vote that gave me this strength. I have always protected you and now it’s your turn to protect my and my family’s honour,” Amarmani was seen addressing in the video clip.

    • III •

    TEHELKA DISCOVERED that to engineer his homecoming, Amarmani got three bogus cases of cheque-bounce instituted against himself in Gorakhpur and adjoining districts. The complainants in these cases are Tripathi’s own people, say local police officials. His advocates pleaded before the court that it would be more feasible for Amarmani to attend the court proceedings from the jail at Gorakhpur than Dehradun. A favourable court order was procured. No sooner was Amarmani back in Gorakhpur Jail, that he was a free bird. “An independent probe can reveal the truth behind these bogus cheque-bouncing cases,” says a senior police officer on condition of anonymity. “It will reveal how Amarmani Tripathi is making a mockery of justice.”

    That the cheque-bounce cases are fakes is not a secret in Gorakhpur. The amount of each cheque is in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh — a pittance for Tripathi, who is worth several hundred crores.

    Everyone in the town talks — albeit in hushed tones — how these cases were manufactured by Tripathi to stay in Gorakhpur. According to local journalists, Amarmani is free to receive visitors any time he wishes, and that he freely uses a mobile phone and computer inside the jail. We had ourselves seen a laptop bag in the hands of his aide when Amarmani stepped out of the jail premises.

    On 20 April, Gorakhpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashutosh Kumar sent a confidential report to the Home Department detailing Tripathi’s illegal movements outside the jail. Sources say that the SSP had also videographed the illegal assembly of Tripathi’s supporters outside the jail and their free access to the jailed gangster. But till date, no action has been taken on Kumar’s report.
     
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    With the SP support for the Presidential elections, the SP will be able to get away with such shenanigans.

    Quid pro quo.
     
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    We deserve the kind of people we elect. I was in Varanasi in April and our cab driver told us `SP ka log gundai suru kar diye hain` and he had voted SP, no less.
     
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    There is no hope for this country.
     
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    Same here, am hearing people now saying SP is doing nothing and they are ruing why they voted for them.
     
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    Re: UP : Gangsters are back thanks to Samajwadi PArty

    I had a similiar experience chatting with a "genius" from a SRM university, doing MCA in SRM chennai.

    I was at the passport office in Madurai. I was chatting with him. I was asking him why Madurai is stuck without any development when Coimbatore and Chennai are doing great. He told me that the reason is the M.K.Alagiri(the same Central minister scumbag), who is holding the city hostage by taking bribes for every transaction in the city. They were made to pay 20% of any transaction in the city. They were the reason, Madurai is not facing significant modernisation he told.

    Then I asked him which party he belongs to, he told he is from DMK and that his family votes for DMK:facepalm:. Note his qualification. That moron also knew what the problem was. I thought the elections will have DMK back to power, but thankfully DMK was kicked out of power, which should happen to ADMK too if they abuse power too much

    There was a reason ADMK+ won 203/234 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu. Whats greater was in Madurai district, DMK was booted out 10/10 by a margin of atleast 20K-30K votes in each seat.

    Hope you get what I mean ;)
     
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    ^^ the problem in UP was, Mayawati wasn't a bad administrator per se, but people got fed up with her. To be fair, she was running a huge state with a population of 200 million people. B
     
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    Idiots all over the country, not only Uttar Pradesh. And now voters in AP have given big thumbs up to Jagan, the biggest looter of all. Only God/Rama/Krishna/Shiva/Allah/... can save this country from foolish voters.
     
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    ^^ actually no need for God to intervene. The more power hungry a politician the better it is for the voters, because it is through good governance they come back to power*. Look at Modi, Nitish Kumar.

    *there are other reasons but good governance is a sure shot reason
     
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    Education is no guarantee of good sense clearly. Glad though that Karuna and his large clan was kicked out in TN.
     
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    I guess you're right, but Modis and Nitish Kumars are few and far between in our country.
     
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    Heh - from the very first day I knew that the so-called hype about the "young" Akhilesh Yadav was misplaced and fond thinking. I can't believe how people hoped that he would somehow do something great to change the face of the state.
     
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    True, but then the population has to suffer them through their tenure and they destroy the State and sanity in the interim! ;)

    If the CBI, ED, IT, investigating agencies etc were independent of the Govt (whichever it be), then we would have got rid of all these oddballs who havoc the country. To imagine, it is 36 years gone by and the CBI has not got the OK to prosecute Laloo in the fodder case!
     
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    It was inevitable and the people of UP have only themselves to blame. The voted on caste and religion and this is what they got, this should be a lesson for the rest of the country. And I have to agree, Behan Kumari Sushree Mayavati is the lesser of two evils in UP. Anyway, nothing can be done for the next 5 years.
     
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    He will be back in 2016.
     
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    Will he be alive till then?
     
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    I meant DMK, as a party.

    Al;ready discontent about Amma has started.

    The pendulum will swing again in 2016.
     
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    That's why I say we need Lokpal/Lokayuktas to put these scumbags off roads. But some vested interestes (who stand to lose business if lokpal/lokayukta comes to the fore) are opposing tooth and nail saying that it will be all powerful and some lames reasons like that. Well then bear the consequences of not having independent investigating agencies and don't cry like babies when it comes back and bites you in the ass.
     
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    Lokpal Lokayukta will not help. System change will. Separate the executive from the legislative. I keep saying it. It will help reduce criminals and corruption in politics to a large degree. If there is no scope for the lawmaker to be a minister, it reduces the incentive for criminals to enter who think ministerial berth will help them.

    It will leave politics open to people like us who have genuine interest in making this country better.
     
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    Jaya is a good administrator but a little eccentric. I had read about school textbooks not being available on time dues to her insistence on having all reference to DMK removed and of course the new secretariat being converted to hospital. She is preferable to Karuna clan. In a way it is good both parties are being alternated in TN - the corruption level will be less I hope!
     

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