Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is in the news for his latest film which got a standing ovation Cannes recently. But scenes from his old film Gangs of Wasseypur were nearly replicated in real life in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh when two men squared off with a pistol and a rifle pointing at each other in broad daylight on Thursday.
After the incident, the neighbourhood is panic-stricken. Police are investigating the incident which was recorded on CCTVs.
In the video captured on CCTV, a Mahindra Scorpio can seen colliding with a motorcycle. A verbal argument breaks out between the driver of the Scorpio and the biker. The argument takes a far more violent turn when the Scorpio driver pulls out a rifle and, in return, the biker flashes a pistol at each other. It is not known if bullets were fired.
A similar video of men in Ghaziabad pointing their guns and dancing became viral recently. In another video a man is loading his rifle while sitting in the car and fires gunshots in the air.Such videos point to lack of proper policing in Uttar Pradesh putting the safety of the common man and even a bystander at great risk.
The Yogi Adityanath government prides itself on maintaining an eagle eye on law and order and to overcome the stereotype that UP has a lax law and order system. But these videos point to another situation, that of unbridled aggression and anger among citizens. Even if these arms are licensed, pointing them in public puts the lives of local people at risk. The Umesh Pal murder case is still fresh in the minds of people as is the live TV killing of Atiq Ahmed and his brother. Such scenes have descended from the silver screen and are being lived on the streets of Uttar Pradesh.
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