Lucknow: On the backfoot over deterioration of law and order in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) after it came to power in March earlier this year, the Samajwadi Party (SP) government re-leased crime stats in the state assembly claiming that between March 1 to April 15, only 699 cases of murder, 263 rape cases and 249 incidents of loot have taken place in the state. The figures were released on a query raised by Bhartiya Janta Party member of legislative assembly, Suresh Kumar Khanna.
The government also informed that between April 1, 2011, and November 30, 2011, around 3161 murders, 1164 rapes and 1831 incidents of loot took place in the state.
The government claimed that law and order is under control and it will improve further in coming days.
The Opposition parties, however, rejected government figures claiming that in many cases police does not register FIRs to keep crime rate down on papers.