Amid the criticism over rising cases of encounters in Uttar Pradesh, as many as 15 police shootouts were reported from 10 districts of the state in just 48 hours, said a media report.
According to The Times of India, 24 wanted criminals were arrested and one gangster was killed in these encounters.
“The idea is to arrest these wanted gangsters and put them behind bars. The police have been directed to use force only in self-defence when there was no other option. The bottomline is that outlaws who are wanted in criminal cases have to be stopped,” Director General of Police OP Singh was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
The most recent incident in the series of these encounters is the shootout between the state police and alleged dacoits on Saturday morning in Lucknow’s Krishna Nagar area where two persons were arrested, according to News18.
The police seized a 32 bore pistol, a 12 bore gun, bullets and the motorcycle on which they were escaping.
The criminals, who were subsequently arrested and admitted to BRD Medical College, confessed to their involvement in the murder of businessman Dinesh Gupta of Nai Bazaar, Jhangha, on Sunday.
The zonal inspector general had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on each of them.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sought a detailed report from the UP government in November last year, News18 had reported.