UP’s new ADG (regulation & order) Prashant Kumar (Photograph credit score: @PrashantK_IPS90)
AGRA: Policemen are legally empowered to defend themselves when attacked, UP’s new ADG (regulation & order) Prashant Kumar mentioned on Friday, calling “encounter deaths and accidents” collateral damages. Speaking in regards to the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey in an encounter with police earlier within the day, he mentioned, “I don’t subscribe to encounters. It’s not a coverage as such however folks affiliate it with me.”
As Meerut zone’s ADG, Kumar’s group carried out 2,273 encounters in its eight districts– Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat, Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad and Hapur. In all, 65 wished accused had been shot lifeless, 1,332 sustained grievous bullet accidents and 4,256 had been arrested in after police encounters.
“Throughout my tenure in Meerut zone there was no crime, all criminals surrendered. Individuals had been surrendering with placards declaring ‘I wish to give up’, ADG informed TOI. He reemphasised that “collateral damages occur when policemen defend themselves”.
The UP ADG added: “My solely take is there needs to be zero tolerance for crime and criminals. We must always go all out to detect it. Throughout that course of if someone is firing at you, we’re legally empowered and licensed to make use of means (at our disposal). And through that if one thing occurs, it’s collateral harm,” he mentioned.
Kumar, who took cost as UP ADG (regulation and order) in Might, mentioned, “Individuals ask me why encounters occurred extra in my space (Meerut), however they don’t perceive that it was a criminal offense infested space because the time of Mahabharata…there have been fights for even one inch of land.?
Concerning the Dubey encounter, the officer mentioned, “For me it was stunning to see a neighborhood gunda surviving and thriving within the Kanpur area. We haven’t seen anyone taking up a police occasion and open hearth indiscriminately, killing eight cops. Barring Naxals, dacoits and terrorists, no person targets police in such a means. He was an individual who had prison historical past and was (out) on bail in his space. There was no want for him to fireside on the police…no person is allowed to take regulation into their very own palms; he tried to flee from police custody and persons are elevating questions. When he can kill eight policemen, he may have killed 4 extra males.”
The senior police officer additionally mentioned that the automobile during which Vikas was sitting was modified as a part of technique.
“Individuals are making allegations that automobiles had been exchanged simply earlier than the encounter. Nicely, it was a part of our technique. The group commander, whose males had been carrying Vikas, took the choice. Suppose someone had attacked, as he’s such a dreaded prison, then what would have occurred,” Kumar requested.
The ADG trashed fees that media individuals had been stopped from following the escort automobiles earlier than the encounter befell. “Media individuals alleged that they weren’t allowed to observe the STF cavalcade…You (media) ought to have disclosed your identification that ‘I’m from the press’, (sic) we might have allowed (sic). Who is aware of if males trailing the group had been engaged on behalf of someone or not? Police by no means cover something. We obtained him from Madhya Pradesh after signing the papers. He was not wished there, however in UP. They didn’t hand us and requested us to go and kill him,” Kumar added.
“It’s the irony of our system — that he killed an individual inside a police station and was exonerated. However nonetheless, I say no person needs to be tortured or killed. Our endeavor was to supply him in court docket. It was raining closely. Close to a velocity breaker some cattle appeared, the automobile turned turtle and he tried to flee. There’s a CMO (chief medical officer) who has confirmed that policemen have gotten injured,” he added.