UP en­counter toll at 64 since March ’17

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Piyush.Rai@ times­group.com

Meerut: In a res­cue op­er­a­tion in a Sa­ha­ran­pur vil­lage on Satur­day, po­lice claim to have freed two traders who were ab­ducted by crim­i­nals af­ter a gun­fight. Two crim­i­nals, a sub-in­spec­tor and a con­sta­ble suf­fered gun­shot in­juries in the en­counter. The two crim­i­nals later suc­cumbed to their in­juries in the district hos­pi­tal on Sun­day, po­lice said.

With the lat­est killings, the toll in en­coun­ters in UP has gone up to 64 since March 2017. So far in Meerut zone, 1,673 crim­i­nals have been ar­rested and 40 have been gunned down by po­lice in more than 800 en­coun­ters. A to­tal of 374 crim­i­nals have suf­fered bul­let in­juries in these en­coun­ters..

Po­lice said Om­pal Saini and Vicky had ab­ducted the traders on Satur­day. Po­lice said Om­pal and Vicky were in­volved in sev­eral cases of ex­tor­tion, loot and mur­der. Go­ing by po­lice records, Om­pal was wanted in 33 cases of loot, mur­der and ex­tor­tion while Vicky was in­volved in 18-odd crim­i­nal cases in Sa­ha­ran­pur and Shamli.

If the po­lice are to be be­lieved, the duo were also in­volved in the sen­sa­tional killing of a school prin­ci­pal, Subash Rana, in Au­gust. “They had ab­ducted Rana on Au­gust 2 and de­manded a ran­som of Rs 2 lakh from his fam­ily. Rana was found murdered later in the night,” said Sa­ha­ran­pur SSP Upen­dra Agar­wal. Po­lice said the two were also in­volved in an­other case of ab­duc­tion and mur­der. They had ab­ducted traders Hafiz Us­man and Ar­shad in the last week of Au­gust. Hafiz was later found dead on Au­gust 28, po­lice said.

Lo­cal po­lice, it seems, are un­fazed by the mount­ing pres­sure from the Supreme Court and hu­man right or­gan­i­sa­tions tak­ing cog­nizance of UP po­lice de­part­ment's trig­ger­happy cops who are on an en­counter-spree. Prashant Ku­mar, ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral ( ADG), Meerut zone, said, “Crack­down on crim­i­nals is be­ing car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the guide­lines of the hon­ourable Supreme Court and the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion. There is no fake en­counter. Rogue po­lice of­fi­cers or those mis­us­ing power have been dealt with an iron fist.”

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