UP: 6,126 encounters, 122 ‘criminals’ killed during Yogi Adityanath’s tenure
Between March 2017 and July 2020, during Yogi Aditynath government’s tenure, over 6,000 encounters have been carried out by the police in Uttar Pradesh. In these encounters, 122 alleged criminals were gunned down, while 13 policemen lost their lives.
The dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey was gunned down by the Uttar Pradesh police on July 10. He was first arrested from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain and was later killed in an encounter while being brought back to UP’s Kanpur. The encounter triggered controversy and shone a light on the list of encounters carried out by the UP police during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s tenure.
Notably, as many as 122 alleged criminals were killed in over 6,000 encounters in UP in the past three years, while 13 policemen also lost their lives during this period, a senior police official said.
He also said over 2,000 criminals were injured in police action, while over 13,000 of them have been arrested.
"Thirteen policemen have been killed in action in as many as 6,126 encounters (in UP), while as many as 122 criminals have been gunned down," Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar told PTI while sharing details of police encounters from March 20, 2017, to July 10, 2020.
“As many as 13,361 criminals have been arrested, while 2,296 criminals were injured in police encounters,” he said, adding that 909 policemen were also injured in these incidents.
Referring to the Kanpur ambush in which eight policemen were killed, Kumar said, "Of the 21 named accused in the incident, six have been killed and four arrested so far. A hunt is on to nab the 11 other accused."
Eight police personnel, including a DSP, were killed by the henchmen of gangster Dubey in Bikru village of Kanpur on July 3.
Kumar said that overall, there has been a decline in the crime rate in the state this year compared to the previous year.
"A total of 579 instances of loot took place in the state from January 1, 2020, to June 15, 2020. This is 44.17 per cent less compared to the crimes committed in the same period in 2019,” the ADG (Law and Order) said.