UP encounter toll at 64 since March 2017
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.”