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Welcome to Jungle Raj or Jagan Raj? Andhra sees a spike in violent crimes

In a twist of fate, ever since the new YSRCP government came to power, Andhra Pradesh has been witnessing extremely violent crimes which reflects a complete breakdown (or rather compromise) of the law and order situation. 
 
From cutting someone’s head off to burning people inside a car, the state has been witnessing such ghastly incidents one after the other during the pandemic, apart from the industrial accidents that shook its people.
 
While Visakhapatnam woke up to a chilling incident of a father hammering his son to death over a property dispute a week ago, Vijayawada witnessed a man setting three people on fire while they were inside it. 
 
This incident happened yesterday when two business partners’ differences over their real estate dealings grew. Venugopal Reddy and Gangadhar are said to be partners and Reddy is suspected to have committed this brutal crime and escaped the spot. Following an alleged dispute, Venugopal Reddy got off the car, poured petrol on it and ran away. Gangadhar, his wife and another person suffered severe burns. 
 
Crimes and violent attacks on Opposition leaders, crimes against women and cases of human trafficking have been on the rise ever since Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy took over as the Chief Minister last year. While every citizen discreetly acknowledges that violence and goondaism has grown in the state in the last one year, national crime records bureau numbers state that violence against women also has increased. Apparently, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada are also witnessing higher crimes among cities in the state. 
 
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics, Krishna, Guntur and West Godavari districts witnessed a rise in crimes against women. The data reveals that the initiatives taken by the police to ensure women’s safety have failed to yield desired results. 
 
Krishna, Guntur and Visakhapatnam recorded more number of rape, kidnap and domestic violence cases compared to other districts in the State, while the number of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act cases in West Godavari and Prakasam was more. 
 
With the crime rate going up in the state and hooliganism taking over and destroying the future of a progressive state like Andhra Pradesh, the common man isn’t mincing words in calling it “Jungle Raj” which was earlier attributed to states like Bihar and UP. Looks like Jagan Raj in Andhra Pradesh may soon become synonymous with Jungle Raj (of the South)? 
 

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