UP en­counter toll at 64 since March 2017

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY - Piyush.Rai@

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.

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.

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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