The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) 2017 was tabled as supplementary agenda as it was not on the normal agenda of the House. The Bill is likely to sail through smoothly in the Assembly, but the government would have to face stiff opposition in the Legislative Council as it doesn’t have majority just as it has in the Assembly.
Observers feel that UPCOCA is somewhat similar to MCOCA and chances of misuse of the law could not be ruled out.
Meanwhile, terming UPCOCA as anti-people, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said the state government might use the Act to suppress dalits, poor and minority communities.
In a statement released here on Wednesday, Mayawati said the government could use UPCOCA to settle political scores and demanded withdrawal of the proposed Act in public interest.(UNI)