Mayawati questions encounter killings in Uttar Pradesh as figure rises to 18

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BSP chief questions whether only members of a particular class or community engage in crime

Raising questions on the encounter killings in Uttar Pradesh under the Yogi Adityanath government, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday wondered if the criminals belonged to only some specific religious community or class.”In the name of crime control, the blowing of trumpet over the police encounters in the last six months raises questions that do only members of a particular class or community engage in crime or are history-sheeters?” Ms. Mayawati asked.

From March 20, a day after the Yogi Adityanath government took oath in UP, 17 accused criminals have been gunned down in alleged police encounters. Those killed in the encounters were identified as Sunil Sharma, Jaihind Yadav, Sujit Singh, Ramji Pasi, Kasim, Sharda Kol, Atiq, Gurmeet, Shamshad, Nitin, Nadeem, Naushad, Sarwar, Ikram, Raju, Jan Mohammad, Adesh Yadav and Bawinder.

Out of the 17, majority are Muslims (8), Yadavs (2) and at least two Dalits, perhaps being the basis for Ms. Mayawati’s inquiry though she did not name any particular group.The figure touched 18 on Wednesday when the police shot dead an alleged robber in Noida.According to the police, three persons looted a vehicle, a Honda City, and Rs 1.5 lakh in cash in the sector 58 area of Noida.

“An encounter took place under police station Bisrakh area, in which two of them escaped and one was seriously injured,” U.P police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava said. SSP Love Kumar said the accused, identified as Bawinder of Aligarh, was declared dead in hospital. “A constable also received a bullet injury to his hand and is receiving treatment in a hospital,” Mr. Kumar said.

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