The state assembly of Uttar Pradesh on March 27, 2018 passed a stringent bill to curb organised crime and deal strictly with those trying to fuel terror.
The legislation, Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill (UPCOCB), had to be re-introduced in the assembly, as it could not be passed in the Legislative Council, where the ruling BJP is in minority. The bill was cleared by the Lower House earlier this month.
• The UPCOC Bill, 2017, seeks to curb organised crime and deal strictly with those trying to foment terror or dislodge the government forcibly or through violent means.
• It also seeks to act sternly against those using explosives or firearms or any other violent means or damaging life and property or involved in anti-national or destructive activities.
• It provides for punishment amounting from a minimum of three years' imprisonment to capital punishment.
• The bill has been framed on the same lines as the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
Opposition stages walkout
• The Opposition members staged a walkout as the bill was passed alleging that it was a ‘draconian’ legislation.
• Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary voiced concern that the measure could be misused against political opponents.
• UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath however, justified the measure to put a halt to crime in a big state like Uttar Pradesh.
• The CM also assured the Opposition that the law will not be misused. He informed that such law is already in force in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.