In what may look like a surprising tactic, goons in Uttar Pradesh are carrying placards with them now. Yes! You heard that right. A recent incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana town saw two criminals, both repeat offenders, carrying placard which read that they won’t get involved in any crime in the future and hence, want to be forgiven. The placards also read that they will work hard to earn money through fair means. The offenders, Salim Ali and Irshad Ahmad, who are accused in several cases of loot and murder, were recently released on bail. Both of them also handed over an affidavit stating the same to Shamli SP Ajay Pal Sharma.
The move comes in the wake of a major crackdown by Yogi Adityanath government. Salim, who has multiple cases of criminal acts against him, said that both of them want to leave the crime world to lead a better life. He said that even though many cases are registered against them at the Shamli and Kairana police stations, they don’t want to be hunted like other criminals. He added that they want to live peacefully with their families. Kairana police station officer Bhagwat Singh said it is good that both Salim and Irshad are turning away from crime. He added that the police’s main aim is to make sure that criminals leave the life of crime. “The criminals pledge is clear indication that they fear police and it is required for maintaining law and order. A close watch will be kept on them,” he added.
Uttar Pradesh has seen a spurt in recent encounters between police and criminals. Earlier this month, UP saw 38 encounter killings by the state police in the just over ten months since the Yogi Adityanath-led government assumed charge. In 25 days, there were 8 killings in 60 encounters. Most of the encounters took place in Lucknow, Shamli, Saharanpur, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Bulandshahr, Gorakhpur, Hapur, Kanpur and Meerut. It was also reported that between March 20, 2017, a day after the Yogi Adityanath government took charge, and January 31 this year, the state recorded 1,142 encounters. The total number of arrests made during the period was 2,744. The number of injured is estimated to be 265. A total of 247 police personnel were also injured in the encounter.