Four UP policemen suspended after shooting two men in Noida; family of victim alleges ‘fake encounter’

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Two men from Sector 122 in Noida were reportedly attacked by a sub-inspector of the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday, which led to the suspension of four police officers on Sunday, according to media reports. While one has suffered leg injuries, the other is seriously injured.

The family of one of the victims, Jitendra Yadav, said that caste animosity could have been a cause behind the ‘fake encounter’, reported The Times of India. The family also alleged that four children were returning from Bahrampur around 10.30 pm on Saturday when police personnel stopped the vehicle and fired at one of them for no reason.

According to The Indian Express, Uttar Pradesh police said personal enmity and non-encounter may have been the reason behind the attack. At a press conference, SSP Love Kumar said police condemn the incident and that a ‘sub-inspector is not expected to do such a thing’. There have been reports of approximately 15 police shootings in 10 districts of the state in 48 hours.

On Friday, two suspected criminals and many policemen, including a station officer, were injured in a meeting in Gorakhpur. The incident took place when Maneesh Yadav and Manoj Yadav escaped after threatening a village chief. Police said a team was rushed to the scene after the victim reported that he had been threatened by two people.

At the meeting, the Officer of the Station House, Khorabar, Sudhir Kumar, and the sub-inspector, Jhangha, Sunil Kumar Singh, suffered minor injuries, they said.

According to PTI, a gangster was killed and nearly two dozen criminals were arrested by police in 15 meetings in different districts of Uttar Pradesh in two days, a police spokesman said on Saturday. The meetings took place in Bulandshahr, Shamli, Kanpur, Saharanpur, Lucknow, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Gorakhpur, Hapur and Meerut.

Uttar Pradesh police have intensified their crackdown on criminals after the new DGP OP Singh took office last month. The prime minister, Yogi Aditynath, had promised to take strict measures against the criminal elements after his government faced criticism for a series of crimes in the state.

According to the NHRC data between 2000 and 2017, Uttar Pradesh accounted for an alarming 44.55 percent (794 cases) of cases of false encounters among 1,782 registered cases in all states.