Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asserted in the state Legislative Council that police encounters in the state would not stop. After the BJP government in UP got into full action mode, official data states that there have been more than 1200 police encounters in the state in the last 10 months, resulting in killing of 40 dreaded criminals. These shootouts have resulted in the arrest of 2744 history-sheeters, death of 34 criminals, and left 265 injured. On the other hand, four police personnel have been killed and 247 injured in these 10 months.
“It is unfortunate that some people are showing sympathy toward criminals. This is dangerous for democracy. The Noida incident which took place on February 3, in which Jitendra Yadav was hit by a bullet was not a police encounter, and police does not count it as an encounter. Even the person affected had endorsed it,” the UP chief minister has said in the state assembly.
Such is the fear of the ongoing encounters that two goons, Salim Ali and Irshad Ahmad, walked around the Kairana town pleading for forgiveness. The two criminals have nine cases of loot and murder against each and were recently released on bail. They feared that they would be hunted down like other criminals.
They were seen holding placards that read that they won’t get involved in any crime in the future. Moreover, the placards that they carried also mentioned that they will work hard to earn money through fair means, and won’t do any illegal activities.
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— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) February 16, 2018
Kairana station officer Bhagwat Singh appreciated their move and said it’s good that turning away from crime.