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After the mismanagement and widespread blowback it faced over the Hathras ‘gang rape’ and murder case, Uttar Pradesh Police seems to be trying to deflect and distract attention by accusing protesters of sedition and seeking to trigger caste-based conflict. Instead, it should focus on preventing such horrific crimes and accountability.

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  1. UP government too should focus on improving people’s lives. Is the average child going to a slightly better functioning school, has there been a marginal improvement in the quality of healthcare in government hospitals, do less well off families eat slightly more and better food. Yeh kuchh naya daur aa gaya hai where governments are not expected to do anything of value for their citizens, who should genuflect before them for the great privilege of being ruled by them. Read so many columns nowadays saying the food is inedible, the air conditioning does not work, the kitchen and the toilets are both in a mess but this is the only restaurant we will ever go to. As for UP Police …

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