Police in Uttar Pradesh shot dead a wanted man Thursday, the eighth person killed in 60 encounters across districts in the last 25 days. The total count of alleged criminals killed since the BJP government took charge of the state in March last year is now 38.
Police said Manoj Kumar Singh, accused in 17 cases, was killed in retaliatory firing around 3.30 am Thursday in Hariharpur village of Sitapur district.
According to data sourced from DGP Headquarters, as many as 1,142 encounters were recorded between March 20, 2017 and January 31 this year.
Official figures put the number of dead at 34 — four more have been killed since January 31 — and the injured at 265. The total number of arrests made was 2,744. In these encounters, 247 police personnel were injured.
Police and magisterial inquiries have been ordered into every encounter killing. While none has so far accused the police of staging an encounter, there are several cases in which both inquiries are pending.