Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

16 UP policemen booked for `staged shootout’

Lucknow: A case was filed against 16 policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district on Monday following directives of a local court in an alleged staged shootout case.

The court on February 24 directed the police to lodge a case against the 16 policemen

A victim of the alleged staged shootout had petitioned the Additional District Judge (ADJ Vth) alleging that the police tried to kill him in an encounter on January 30.

The court on February 24 directed the police to lodge a case against the 16 policemen, including Inspector Ranjana Sachan.

Following the directive, Superintendent of Police (SP) Anand Kulkrani had directed filing of a case against the errant police personnel. The court had given a week’s time for the case to be filed.

Circle Officer Javed Khan informed that a case had been lodged against the police personnel and now, as per the law, action would be taken against them.

In more than 1,200 shootouts in the last few months, the Uttar Pradesh Police has killed 44 wanted criminals.

Despite hue and cry created by human right groups and some media reports that “some innocent have been killed in these encounters (staged shootouts)”, the state government has defended its proactive actions against criminals.

Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh has also categorically said in the past that encounters will continue as police cannot be “lame duck targets” for criminals to attack.

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