About 47 of the 125 individuals killed in greater than 6,476 encounters had been Muslims, as per the information. These incidents of encounters additionally led to deaths of 13 policemen and left about 941 policemen injured.
Most of these encounters had been associated to instances in western UP, together with Shamli, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur. Police information additionally revealed that 13,837 individuals had been arrested in these encounters which led to injuring 2,419 accused individuals.
In 2020 alone, almost 21 folks have been killed in UP police associated encounters. Apart from three instances associated to gangster Vikas Dubey, the opposite accused who died had been from Muzaffarnagar, Aligarh, Bahraich, Meerut, Bareilly, Varanasi and Basti.
In the primary 12 months of the Yogi Adityanath authorities, almost 45 individuals misplaced their lives in police encounters, of which 16 had been Muslims, as per the information.
Since March 2017, the very best quantity of investigations that led to encounters have been from felony instances registered in Meerut, Agra and Bareilly, adopted by Kanpur, Noida, Varanasi and Prayagraj.
Opposition claims Brahmins targetted, BJP rejects expenses
While the opposition has accused the state authorities for concentrating on communities reminiscent of Brahmins, significantly since Dubey’s killing, and nationwide events reminiscent of CPI (M) have accused the UP police of “throwing constitutional propriety to the winds”, state BJP members instructed ET that the directions from the highest had been to interrupt the cycle of violence and convey all criminals to e book.
Further, officers mentioned, in accordance with knowledge collected by them, the quantity of Brahmins killed in the past three years in police encounters didn’t exceed 13.
BJP spokesman Chandramohan mentioned the Adityanath authorities didn’t see caste or faith when it got here to crackdown on criminals. “The mandate of the government is to make the state safe for common people and that is what it is doing,” he mentioned.
UP’s extra director common (legislation and order) Prashant Kumar mentioned encounters weren’t half of the coverage of the federal government they usually occurred solely in instances when the police felt it essential to defend itself. “We are within our legal and constitutional right to defend ourselves when the need arises,” he mentioned.
Kumar mentioned that as a result of of the “proactive role of the police” children had been now not drawn to crime, and that there had been a 40 per cent decline in crime reminiscent of kidnapping for ransom and murders. “We wish the focus was more on how the lives of victims have been, or how many policemen have lost their lives too… Also, there has not been any adverse observation by the NHRC (National Human Rights Commission… we are following their guidelines,” he mentioned.
Experts provided contrasting views on the problem
Anil Kumar Verma, director of Kanpur-based Centre for the Study of Society and Politics, mentioned the encounters had largely evoked a way of reduction in the state. “Since 1979, the tradition followed by political parties to use criminals to rationalise their own operations and glamourise them because muscle power was seen as a must then for winning elections, has been going on in the state,” he mentioned. “In the title of social and political illustration, criminals have discovered patronage of a number of events. Common women and men are drained of this they usually are relieved, though everybody is aware of encounters are not democratically sanctioned… they’d not even query the claims.”
Verma mentioned whereas it might be true that some folks of the Brahmin group might be upset with the killings of folks of the group, largely “the members of the community would not associate any sympathy with the criminal and not make it an electoral issue”.
Mohammed Aslam, professor of political science at Allahabad University, nevertheless mentioned that in the current setting of hysteria round nationalism and Hindutva, Muslims felt “more vulnerable and demonised” when members of the group are focused by legislation and order businesses.
“My fear is this will highly demoralise them which will also affect their access to legal and judicial intervention. Even if they know they are not criminals, will their voices be heard?” mentioned Aslam. “The Muslim community in UP has its internal conflicts and is very stratified. Besides, it lacks education and social empowerment… This adds to their problems as political voices speaking in their interest have also gone silent… This will also affect the way others see Muslims and increase the animosity against the community.”