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Uttar Pradesh: 15 killed, property of 69 gangsters seized across state

Since April to mid-September there were 420 encounters between police and criminals across Uttar Pradesh in which 15 criminals were killed one policeman was martyred.

lucknow Updated: Sep 16, 2017 16:43 IST
HT Correspondent

In six months police have killed 15 notorious criminals in encounters in various districts. IG (law and order), Hari Ram Sharma said, since April to mid-September there were 420 encounters between police and criminals across Uttar Pradesh in which 15 criminals were killed one policeman was martyred.

After taking over the reins of the state on March 19, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered crackdown on criminals. “There is no place for the criminals they will have to surrender before law or flee the state,” he had said.

The police was given free hand by the CM to take on criminals and gangsters who had set a reign of terror particularly in the districts located in East and West UP. Initially policemen seemed hesitant in eliminating criminals but when the order came from the top, police launched an all out operation against criminals. Within a fortnight half-a-dozen criminals were killed in midnight operations.

Policemen are sharing information of encounters on social media- Twitter and WhatsApp as well.

Sharma said, in majority of the cases criminals attacked the police team after being challenged. “The policemen were left with no option but to retaliate. Police also succeeded in nabbing 1106 criminals during encounter of which 868 were the one on whom the police has announced reward,” he said.

In several cases instead of surrendering, criminals armed with sophisticated weapons attacked policemen he said and added 84 criminals and 88 cops were injured in the encounter.

The police have also slapped National Security Act (NSA) on 54 criminals and seized illegal property of 69 criminals under Gangster Act. The aim is to break the financial backbone of criminals gangs. The operation against the criminals will continue in full swing, Sharma said.

Talking to HT a senior police officer said the encounters mark the return of the ‘encounter era’ of Kalyan Singh government when the police eliminated hardened criminals across the state. During Kalyan Singh government 1997-99 the policemen were given free hand to eliminate notorious criminals.

The Special Task Force was constituted to track the criminals and eliminate them. After BJP grabbed power in March there was sudden spurt in crime. The pressure increased on the police after the traders and social organizations demanded crackdown on the criminal gangs. The killing of the criminals indicates that those who challenge the might of the police will face the music, he said.