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UP: One criminal killed every 10th day in encounter in last 4 years | Varanasi News

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LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh police, on an average, carried out one encounter every tenth day, gunning down 135 wanted criminals and arresting 16,661 others in the last four years. At least 13 policemen lost their lives while 1,093 others were injured in these encounters.
ADG, law and order, Prashant Kumar said, “Under the government’s policy of zero tolerance against crime and criminals, extensive operations were undertaken against ganglords and mafia elements since 2017.”

“Total 135 criminals were killed and 3,039 were injured. Highest 61 criminals were killed and 4,814 arrested in Meerut, and the least four in Gorakhpur and Lucknow. Total 94 criminals were arrested in Lucknow.
“Attack on cops by criminals will not be tolerated. We gave a befitting reply to criminals who attacked cops,” he said. The ADG said UP Police followed the Supreme Court guidelines in encounters and till date none has come under the scanner since 2017 . “Criminals who were killed in encounter had rewards of Rs 5lakh (one criminal), Rs 2.5 lakh (three), Rs 2 lakh (two), Rs 1.5 lakh (three) and Rs 1 lakh (18). Maximum 46 criminals carried reward of Rs 50,000,” he added.
Besides encounters, cops also slapped Gangster’s Act on 15,000 criminals from March 20, 2017 to March 15, 2021, while as many as 1,047 factories manufacturing illegal weapons were also seized in the same period.
“In many districts, police seized properties of criminals and externed 19,098 criminals, who ran extortion rackets, after booking them under the Goonda Act,” the ADG said.
“Slapping of the National Security Act in 199 cases created fear among criminals. Over 14,000 criminals have surrendered in the last three years,” he said.

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