Inspector general (law and order) Hari Ram Sharma said that the encounters were part of the police's efforts to "control crime", the Indian Express report said. Also, so far eighty-eight policemen have suffered injuries in the encounters from March 20 and September 14, according to the numbers.
On an overdrive to control crime under the Yogi Adityanath government, the Uttar Pradesh police has carried out 420 encounters in the past six months killing 15 criminals. 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.
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Official statistics show that 10 of the alleged criminals were killed in just 48 days leading up to September 14. "The same day, Srivastava tweeted saying: "#uppolice enounter express halts in the capital... miles to go..." along with a news clipping of the encounter.
He tweeted again on September 12: "No count is final". Sharma justified police firing saying that criminals do not surrender without resistance so the police fire in retaliation. According to Sharma, the National Security Act is being used to charge 54 accused, while the properties of 69 others have been attached under the UP Gangster and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act.
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He also said that police arrested 1,106 people in the encounters which left 84 people injured.
He also dismissed the suggestions of police portraying these encounters as normal and said that police is responsible for the executive, judicial, media, and people. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, "We have adopted an aggressive and proactive approach towards criminals who are creating fear in society". Each of these encounters were followed by a magisterial inquiry and the National Human Rights Commission was informed about the same. Asked about the encounters, Kumar said, "They happen and are not planned. When police work proactively, there are chances that such encounters will happen".
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