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Baffled with mandate in UP elections, Samajwadi party shrouds its defeat with hooliganism

This is the classic example of the Jungle raj that has pulled the reins in on the Uttar Pradesh for decades and now is in the pitfalls. The public voted overwhelmingly against SP’s violent ways and its penchant for resorting to violence

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New Delhi, March 17, 2017: The gigantic win by BJP in UP elections that obliterated all the political equations by the political analysts has left the other contested parties shell-shocked with the results. Where few of them initiated their self-analysis to spot the weaklings and procure better chances of winnability, few others (BSP & AAP) miffed with the overwhelming victory of BJP, tried to turn it into the controversy of EVM tampering. But there is one party which has bid adieu all the values & ethics and retorted to violence just to avenge their defeat.

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When the whole village retired to sleep after the joyous and hectic day of Holi, a group of Samajwadi Party workers on Monday night wrecked havoc over the villagers, thrashed them vociferously, and set their huts to fire, reported News 18. This unfortunate incident took place in the Rajbar area of Narayanpur Village in Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The incident has left many people severely injured. As of now, a strong police contingent has been deployed in the village and the situation is under control. The villagers while talking to the reporters said that the Samajwadi party workers were repeatedly asking why they had voted in BJP’s favour and why had they not voted for the ‘Cycle’.

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This is the classic example of the Jungle raj that has pulled the reins in on the Uttar Pradesh for decades and now is in the pitfalls. The public voted overwhelmingly against SP’s violent ways and its penchant for resorting to violence.

The BJP government, once it assumes office, has promised in its manifesto as well as time and again during rallies that it will end lawlessness in the state.

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Violence could never be implied as a retort to any order or command, neither it should be subjected as an outcome. The change in regime duly affects the practices of prior regimes. It will be interesting to see whether the BJP adhere to the prevalent hooliganism or condemns it like it did, in its manifesto.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

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Declining Crime Rate In US Is Now In ‘Reversed Direction’

After declining for more than two decades, the number of violent crime victims in the United States jumped by 22% over the past three years

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After declining for more than two decades, the number of violent crime victims in the United States jumped by 22% over the past three years, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the Justice Department’s statistics arm.

There were 3.3 million victims of violent crime in 2018, up from 2.7 million in 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey showed. The  annual survey was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The three-year rise was fueled by increases in the number of victims of rape and sexual assault, which jumped from 204,000 to 347,000; aggravated assault, which rose from 561,000 to 694,000; and simple assault, which grew 1.7 million to 2.1 million.

It is the third consecutive BJS survey to show an increase in the number of violent-crime victims and follows a 60% decline between 1994 and 2015, a period in which crime fell precipitously across the United States.

“The longstanding general trend of declining violent crime in the United States, which began in the 1990s, has reversed direction in recent years,” BJS statisticians Rachel Morgan and Barbara Oudekerk wrote in the report.

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A man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Gun rights supporters rallied across the United States to counter a recent wave of student-led protests against gun violence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) VOA

Counter to administration’s claims

The findings contradict the Trump administration’s assertion that it has helped halt a violent crime “epidemic” which it claims was fueled in part by former U.S. President Barack Obama’s immigration policies.

The administration has made fighting violent crime a central focus of its domestic agenda, and officials have pointed to recent FBI crime statistics to take credit for a turnaround.

In prepared remarks to a public safety symposium in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday, Jon Adler, director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, said the administration has “hit our stride” in the fight against violent crime.

“After two years of alarming increase in the crime rate leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, our nation has turned a corner,” Adler said .  “This is a testament, not to some grand federal policy or initiative, but to the hard work and sharp focus of our nation’s front-line law enforcement officers.”

In February, the FBI reported a decline of 4.3% in violent crime during the first six months of 2018 on top of a slight decrease in 2017.  The drop came after an increase of 8% in violent crime in 2015 and 2016.  The FBI data is based on voluntary reporting by thousands of local police departments.

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What this means

The recent increase in the crime rate was not as ominous as Trump administration officials claim, according to Andrew Wheeler, a criminologist at the University of Texas at Dallas. The long-term downtrend, however, appears to have plateaued, Wheeler said.

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“I think it’s sufficient to say that there’s good evidence that it’s been increasing the past couple years, because we have the different data sources that are basically all telling us that same information.  But whether or not the increases are alarming or substantive, I’m not sure if the evidence points to that,” Wheeler said.

While BJS statisticians say the recent data point to a reversal in falling violent crime, Wheeler said it is too early to draw any conclusions about long-term trends.

“I’m not real sure if the trend is basically meandering about its average and is going up and or down, or if it’s actually increasing or not,” said Wheeler said. (VOA)