Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has repeatedly praised the Uttar Pradesh Police for 'clogging up and reining in criminals'. According to the data released by the Uttar Pradesh Police, 168 criminals have been killed in encounters since 2017. Most of these carried a reward of Rs 75,000 to Rs 5 lakh.
Of the 22,234 criminals arrested by the police from March 20, 2017, to November 20, 2022, 4,557 have been arrested in encounters.
Uttar Pradesh's Additional Director General of Police (ADG) (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar, said that 13 policemen were also killed during the firing, while 1,375 policemen received bullet injuries.
Kumar said, under the policy of zero tolerance against crime and criminals, a massive campaign against gang leaders and the mafia has been launched by the Uttar Pradesh Police since 2017. The police of the Special Task Force (STF), Commissionerate, and District Police have also been involved in this.
Kumar said that dreaded dacoit Uday Bhan Yadav alias Gauri Yadav, whose terror spread to neighboring Madhya Pradesh, was killed in a police encounter in Chitrakoot in 2021.
He had a reward of five lakh rupees in Uttar Pradesh and about 50 cases of dacoity and attempt to murder were registered against him.
Another criminal Balraj Bhati, carrying a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh, was killed in a police encounter in the year 2018. He had more than 20 cases registered against him.
The UP ADG said that a maximum number of 64 criminals were killed in the Meerut zone and the maximum number of arrests (6,494) were also made.
The police officer also said that the Gangsters Act was invoked against the criminals and their properties were also confiscated.