In what has become a grim revelation of Uttar Pradesh becoming a police state, the state has witnessed over 10,000 encounters under Yogi Adityanath's reign. The shocking data was shared by the government and amidst drawing huge attention, the government asserted that the law and order situation in the state has become Yogi Adityanath's priority.
According to reports, the Uttar Pradesh government has on Thursday informed that more than 10,000 encounters have taken place between police and criminals in the state in the past six years. It has stated that during this time, 63 criminals were killed while a brave police officer was martyred. The data said, "In terms of numbers of encounters, Meerut is at the top of the state with the highest number of 3152 encounters taking place since 2017, in which 63 criminals were killed and 1708 were injured."
During these encounters, about 400 police officers were injured and a total of 5,967 criminals were apprehended. As per the data, the Meerut police in the state have done more number of encounters followed by the Agra police. It has said that the Yogi Adityanath's government has adopted zero tolerance policy against criminals and have been exercising fierce clampdowns.
The data said, "The UP Police has conducted 10,713 encounters since 2017 of which the highest, 3152 were conducted by the Meerut police, followed by the Agra police with 1844 encounters in which 4654 criminals were arrested while 14 dreaded criminals were killed and 55 cops were injured, and Bareilly where as many as 1497 encounters were conducted in which 3410 criminals were arrested while 7 died."
The statement further said, "During the encounters in Bareilly, 437 criminals were injured. In these operations, 296 brave police personnel were injured while 1 was martyred." "As soon as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took over the reins of the state, improving the law and order situation in the state became his priority. His government adopted zero tolerance policy against mafia and criminals and intensified crackdown on such elements to strengthen the state's law and order", the statement added.
The government highlighted that due to this action of the police, the state which was once known for poor law and order situation and atrocities of mafias on innocent people, today is being known not only in the country but abroad as a crime and fear-free state. Earlier this year, speaking at a summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and several leaders praised the law and order situation of Uttar Pradesh.
It is pertinent to note that the government's information about the police encounters has been made at a high time when Yogi Adityanath is all set to make a history by becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. 50-year-old Yogi Adityanath will be completing his first year of the second term in office on March 25 and he will also be completing six consecutive years in office during the same time. He will be breaking the six-decade old record by becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. On March 25, Adityanath will complete serving as the Chief Minister for six consecutive years and six days.