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Uttar Pradesh police: 420 encounters in six months, 15 people killed

Eighty-eight policemen suffered injuries in the encounters between March 20 and September 14, according to the figures. They show that ten of the alleged criminals were killed in just 48 days leading up to September 14.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Updated: September 16, 2017 6:54 am
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The Uttar Pradesh Police conducted 420 encounters with alleged criminals, killing 15, in less than six months since the Yogi Adityanath government came to power, according to official statistics released Friday. Figures released by the Director General of Police headquarters show that a sub-inspector, Jai Prakash Singh, died in one of these encounters with a gang of alleged dacoits in Chitrakoot.

Eighty-eight policemen suffered injuries in the encounters between March 20 and September 14, according to the figures. They show that ten of the alleged criminals were killed in just 48 days leading up to September 14.

While IG (Law and Order), Hari Ram Sharma, said that these encounters were part of police’s efforts to “control crime”, questions are being raised over a series of tweets by Rahul Srivastav, public relations officer at the DGP headquarters.

On September 2, a day after wanted criminal Sunil Sharma succumbed to injuries sustained in an encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow, Srivastav posted: “#uppolice encounter express halts in the capital… miles to go…” The tweet was accompanied by a news clipping of the encounter.

On September 12, Srivastav posted: “No count is final. It’s 5 now. A 12,000 rewardee criminal Raju succumbed to bullet injuries in Shamli, another got injured in Muzaffarnagar.”

When contacted, Srivastav declined comment and referred queries to IG Sharma, who is the spokesperson for the DGP’s office.

Sharma said police also arrested 1,106 persons in these encounters in which 84 accused were injured. The officer said that the National Security Act has been invoked against 54 accused while the properties of 69 gangsters were attached under the UP Gangster and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act.

“Criminals do not surrender to police without any resistance. Policemen need to fire in retaliation,” he said.

Dismissing suggestions that police were portraying these encounters as normal, Sharma said, “Police is accountable to the executive, judiciary, media and people. Every encounter is probed through a magisterial inquiry. The National Human Rights Commission has been informed about the deaths.”

ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, “We have adopted an aggressive and proactive approach towards criminals who are creating fear in society. We are identifying these wanted criminals to arrest them.”

Asked about the encounters, Kumar said, “They happen and are not planned. When police work proactively, there are chances that such encounters will happen.”

The BJP government, which took charge on March 19, had faced criticism for its inability to control crime, especially in the initial days of its rule. In June, in an interview telecast on India TV, Adityanath warned: “Agar apradh karenge toh thok diye jayenge (If they commit crimes, they will be hit).”

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    Hignesh
    Oct 17, 2017 at 12:08 am
    All those against these encounters are muzzles or leftist anti nationals. I luv to read their frustration. Keep it up Yogi, this is the way to clean up message. Why is only 17 dead. It should at least be 200.
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      keshava
      Sep 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm
      dear yogi adityanth, kindly increase encounters .shoot criminals.otherwise they will got jail and come out with bail. the cry of rowdies should be heard by all indians. long live yogi
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        Lovely
        Sep 17, 2017 at 7:47 am
        Now, Yogi has increased police rewards by 5 times to boost the morale of police force. He is not only eliminating goondas but also attaching their properties.
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          Maaz Kalim
          Sep 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm
          Wow, so out of 420 encounters committed, only only 15 suspects gunned-down?!! Add to that, 88 of cops among various units of Uttar Pradesh Police were injured. Fascinating stats for "New UP" indeed! Now, at least care to release total of death-toll and describe the details of compelling-cases against them which made the acts justified? After all, their death means "case solved" and the data should be in public-domain now, "democracy," you know? 𝐏.𝐒. Drafted the original-comment hours earlier, 'technically-advanced' IE® comment-plugin went forever into the "buffer loop" so I couldn't recover it anyhow. Thankfully, retyping it now gave me chance to improve it (as is usually the case with me) and omit things such as "communal" jibe. 😑
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            Raj
            Sep 18, 2017 at 4:48 am
            "Suspects" can't be gunned down - if they are in a shoot-out they are criminals - not suspects as "suspects" don't shoot at police. And the very act of shooting at police itself is a crime - there is no further justification required for the police to shoot and kill anybody who does that. Thats the law - other investigations have no relevance to the shoot-outs and will be closed if there are no leads . This is standard procedure. File RTI and get the details if you are interested.
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          2. madhusudan Bangalore
            Sep 16, 2017 at 6:49 pm
            CORRUPTION IS RAMPANT IN UTTAR PRADESH. CORRUPTION IS ROOT CAUSE OF ALL ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN OUR COUNTRY. CONGRESS WAS THE MAIN PROMOTER OF CORRUPTION IN LAST 70 YEARS WHEN HUNDREDS OF GIGANTIC SCAMS WERE PROMOTED TO LOOT RESOURCES OF COUNTRY WORTH TRILLIONS OF RUPEES WHICH WAS SUBSEQUENTLY FOLLOWED BY ALL POLITICAL PARTIES. THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT MARCH FORWARD UNLESS RAMPANT POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS TOTALLY CURBED BY ENFORCING NEW ANTI-CORRUPTION LAW PROVISIONING FOR DEATH SENTENCE AND SEIZURE OF ALL ILLEGAL ASSETS. ONLY THEN THIS COUNTRY CAN SEE LIGHT OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY IN FUTURE. MODI GOVT SHOULD GIVE TOP PRIORITY TO CURB CORRUPTION BY INTRODUCING ABOVE LAW AGAINST CORRUPTION FULFILLING ITS COMMITMENT FOR TOTAL CURB ON CORRUPTION MADE BEFORE 2014 LOK SABHA ELECTIONS AND SUBSEQUENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS. NO PEACE AND PROSPERITY IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ELIMINATING IN THE COUNTRY.
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