Amid criticism over growing number of encounters of alleged criminals in the state, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has made it clear that the UP police won’t compromise while dealing with criminals. At an event in Gorakhpur on Thursday, Yogi said that those who believe in the language of guns must be dealt in the same way. “Everyone should be guaranteed security, but those who want to disturb the peace of the society and believe in the gun should be given the answer in the language of the gun itself. I would tell the administration, that there is no need to worry on this,” Adityanath said.
Since Yogi Adityanath came to power in the state 10 months ago, the state has seen as many as 38 encounter killings. As many as eight encounter killings were carried out in the last 25 days alone, according to an Indian Express report, which cited data from the DGP headquarters.
According to police, the latest case was of Manoj Kumar Singh, an accused in 17 cases. He was killed in a retaliatory firing around 3.30 am on Thursday in Sitapur’s Hariharpur village. During the encounters, as many as 247 policemen were also injured.
As the number of encounters grows, the opposition Samajwadi Party of the state is protesting against the brutal police action against alleged criminals. On Thursday, SP leaders carried placards displaying slogans like “nirdoshon ka farzi encounter bandh karo (stop killing innocents in fake encounters)” in the UP Assembly and Legislative Council.
On several occasion since coming to power in the state, Yogi Adityanath has issued stern warnings to criminals. In November last year, while speaking in Ghaziabad, the UP chief minister had said that criminals would be either jailed or killed in police encounters.
In Gorakhpur on Thursday, Yogi inaugurated Gorakhpur Industrial Development Authority building and LED road lights from Kalesar to Nausad Chauraha. The CM also laid the foundation stone of a government polytechnic college in Hardi village of Sahjanwa area of the district. At the event, Yogi said, “Development is the only way for prosperity. With the polytechnic becoming operational, youth will be able to get technical education in their area. If we want to stop migration from villages, we need to develop the villages.”