Amid criticism from some sections of the opposition over the recent encounter killings, alleging high-handedness at the hands of the police in dealing with crime, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that police encounters in the state would not stop. Speaking during the Zero Hour in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council on Thursday, February 15, Chief Minister Adiyanath accused the opposition of sympathising with criminals. He said that a total of 40 criminals were shot down in 1200 encounters in the state so far and asserted that it would continue in the future, too. Yogi Adiyanath was replying to BJP’s Devendra Pratap Singh’s question on propriety in the Assembly pertaining to Chairman Ramesh Yadav’s directive of asking the state government to undergo a CBI probe into three cases, which included two police encounters.
Referring to a recent encounter of Jitendra Yadav in Noida, Adityanath said that Uttar Pradesh was reeling under different different types of crimes which made the state government answerable to the people. Quoting Adityanath, PTI reported, “It is unfortunate that some people are showing sympathy toward criminals. This is dangerous for democracy. The Noida incident which took place on February 3, in which Jitendra Yadav was hit by a bullet was not a police encounter, and police does not count it as an encounter. Even the person affected had endorsed it.”
Ram Govind Chaudhary, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly demanded that a CBI probe should also be conducted into the “fake encounters”. Referring to Adityanath’s statement on the encounters where he said, “bandook ka jawab bandook se diya jayega”, the leader said that such language did not behove of the Chief Minister’s office. As reported by IE, Chaudhary also wondered who was committing crimes in the state if Yogi Adityanath’s claim on most criminals being been sent to jail and many being killed was true. In a reply to the chaos between the parties, Chairman Ramesh Yadav asserted that he would reserve his decision on the question of propriety raised by BJP leader Devendra Pratap Singh.