UP Police Killed 30 Wanted Men in 921 Encounters Since Yogi Adityanath Government Took Over

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New Delhi, Jan 11: Around 30 people have been reportedly killed in encounters involving the Uttar Pradesh police, a report said. History-sheeter Channu Sonkar became the 30th person to have been killed by the police in Azamgarh on Tuesday. These 30 people were killed in 29 encounters that occurred in last 10 months since Yogi Adityanath government took over the state. The total number of encounters was a whopping 921.

Indian Express reported that the National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on November 22 for 19 encounters in six months. The newspaper’s own record showed at least 29 encounters resulted in the killing of criminals.

Even after the NHRC notice, eight wanted men and a constable were killed in eight encounters– three in 2018.

Meanwhile, the UP government said that it had not received any notice so far. Principal Secretary (home) Arvind Kumar told Express on Wednesday: “We have so far not received any notice from NHRC in connection with the deaths in police encounters.”

At least 196 criminals were injured in these encounters, whereas 212 policemen also got injured. Four policemen lost their lives on duty. On January 3, 2018, constable Ankit Tomar, posted in Shamli district, died after a bullet hit his head.

ADG, law and order, Anand Kumar told TOI, “Magisterial inquiry takes place after every encounter and reports are sent to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and senior government officials. Directives are issued to field officers to hunt down wanted criminals on a regular basis and ambushes take place if criminals refuse to surrender.”