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Encounter death count 38 in Uttar Pradesh since new govt, eight killed in last 25 days

According to data sourced from DGP Headquarters, as many as 1,142 encounters were recorded between March 20, 2017 and January 31 this year.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: February 9, 2018 3:12 pm
Encounter death count 38 in Uttar Pradesh since new govt, eight killed in last 25 days Police and magisterial inquiries have been ordered into every encounter killing. Express File Photo: Vishal Srivastav)

Police in Uttar Pradesh shot dead a wanted man Thursday, the eighth person killed in 60 encounters across districts in the last 25 days. The total count of alleged criminals killed since the BJP government took charge of the state in March last year is now 38.

Police said Manoj Kumar Singh, accused in 17 cases, was killed in retaliatory firing around 3.30 am Thursday in Hariharpur village of Sitapur district.

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According to data sourced from DGP Headquarters, as many as 1,142 encounters were recorded between March 20, 2017 and January 31 this year. 

Official figures put the number of dead at 34 — four more have been killed since January 31 — and the injured at 265. The total number of arrests made was 2,744. In these encounters, 247 police personnel were injured.

Police and magisterial inquiries have been ordered into every encounter killing. While none has so far accused the police of staging an encounter, there are several cases in which both inquiries are pending.

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On Thursday, the Opposition alleged that many innocents had been killed in these encounters. In the UP Assembly and Legislative Council, Samajwadi Party legislators carried placards with the slogan “nirdoshon ka farzi encounter bandh karo (stop killing innocents in fake encounters)”.

When his comments were sought, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said all SSP and SP rank officers have been directed to form dedicated teams to arrest criminals who have been absconding. In some cases, during police attempts to arrest the accused, a confrontation takes place and this (encounter) happens, Kumar said.

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Kotwali police SHO Jainudeen Ansari said: “This is what happened in Sitapur today.” He said two wanted men were spotted on a motorcycle and police tried to stop them. “But they fired at us. Police retaliated and in the firing that followed, a man was shot. He was later identified as Manoj Kumar Singh,” he said. The other person on the motorcycle escaped, he said.

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  1. pappu r
    Feb 9, 2018 at 9:57 pm
    even 100 accused criminal may abscond but not a single innocent person gets punished. if all those who really die are accused in any criminal case then it's ok.
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    1. Black cobra
      Feb 9, 2018 at 8:54 pm
      It seems the hearts of SP party leaders are bleeding. Why so much sympathy for criminals. ?
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      1. Jack Vaz
        Feb 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm
        This is all good, we now some order in the country instead of jungle raj - wild west where crime has been running rampant - Jai Hind
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