The SIT concluded that the “lack of interest shown by the police...” during the early stages and the manner in which judges “routinely” handed out acquittals to accused ensured that “there is no possibility of further investigation” in any of the 199 cases it scrutinized.
For a force trained to follow orders, even those given with scant regard to the letter of the Constitution, it is perhaps not entirely wrong to blame the political masters for the atrocities the police frequently unleash on those who dare to question government policy.
If Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wants the Congress to emerge as a strong political force in Uttar Pradesh by the 2022 assembly polls, she will need to prove that her current aggression isn’t an ephemeral response to prevailing public anger.
Coming close on the heels of the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections and months ahead of the Delhi assembly polls, the Jharkhand result has shown that the BJP’s cloak of electoral invincibility is slipping.
Sources say Hemant Soren and a senior Congress leader have even decided to send feelers to BJP's former ally, the AJSU, which decided to break its alliance with the saffron party ahead of the assembly polls.