Uttar Pradesh Police have suspended one of its officers after his audio advising a criminal to manage two BJP leaders to avoid his death in police encounter.
In the viral audio, Suneet Kumar Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Mauranipur police station, is heard telling Lekhraj Yadav, who’s accused in dozens of murder, kidnapping and extortion cases, that his phone and location were on police’s radar and he was next on the list of encounter. Singh then goes on to ask Yadav to manage BJP’s Jhansi district president Sanjay Dubey and Babina MLA Rajiv Singh Paricha.
He tells Yadav, “You’ve also gone to jail even during the Samajwadi government. There are 60 cases against you and you are the fit case for encounter. You along with your boys will be eliminated.”
Paricha has reacted angrily over his name being dragged into the conversation. “I have never spoken to this police officer. He himself has a chequered past. Why would he drag me into this? However, this conversation shows that criminals are scared of the government’s resolve to eliminate crime in the state,” He was quoted by NDTV.
In the viral audio, Singh is heard saying that the government had changed and the BJP was in power adding that ‘you know whom to contact to save yourself.’ Yadav then pleads for his help by even invoking his grandchildren’s name. He says, “Do something. I have grandchildren.”
Yadav desperately asks, “Will they kill of us? So, they have the direct order for the encounter?” Singh responds with a laughter adding that ‘you will come to know in good time.’
Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath has come under fire from human rights bodies for its decision to carry out encounters. Opposition parties had alleged that many encounters were fake and the exercise was tantamount to making mockery of the justice system in India.
In February this year, police in Noida had fired at a gym trainer in an alleged fake encounter as he returned from a wedding function with his friends. The victim, identified as Jitendra Yadav, is fighting for his life at Noida’s Fortis hospital.
Uttar Pradesh Police have reportedly carried out 1142 encounters between 20 March 2017 and 31 January 2018 killing over 35 alleged criminals while injuring 265 others.