Mathura encounter: In what can be said to be the first death on an innocent in Yogi Adityanath government’s undeclared war against criminals in the state, an eight-year-old child lost his life on Wednesday during an alleged gunfight between police and suspected criminals. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the incident took place in Aduki village of Mohanpur in Mathura on Wednesday evening. The report says police had gone to the village after getting information about some criminal movement. On reaching there, the cops found a few people engaged in gambling. In the crossfire, he was hit by a bullet and he died later while undergoing treatment.
Villagers alleged the cops refused to take the injured child to the hospital and told the family to do it on their own as they had to “fetch more force for the encounter.”
In the last 10 months, Uttar Pradesh police have carried out as many as 921 encounters, leading to 33 deaths. As per records accessed by Indian Express, wanted men were killed in at least 29 encounters. The NHRC had issued a notice to the state government on November 22 after 19 encounter deaths in six months. Since the day of NHRC, as many as eight encounters took place until January 11. The state government had then said that it had not received the NHRC notice.
Appearing on television programmes, Yogi Adityanath has claimed many times that no innocent person was killed in encounters by Uttar Pradesh police under his rule. Yogi has said his government will not keep treat criminals like “guests” like the previous governments.
In the first six months since Yogi Adityanath came to power in Uttar Pradesh, the UP police had conducted 420 encounters reportedly killing 15 criminals. This was claimed in an official statistics released in September last year. The Indian Express had then reported that the numbers released by the Director General of Police headquarters had shown that one policeman also lost his life in the encounters. Sub-inspector Jai Prakash Singh had died during the encounter with a gang of alleged dacoits in Chitrakoot. As many as 88 cops had also suffered injuries in the encounters between March 20-September 14.