The Encounter Effect? 2 Repeat Offenders In UP Carry Around Placards With Apologies

| February 16 , 2018 , 08:02 IST

The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has been facing flak for a steep rise in police encounters, but the encounters appear to have had another effect as well, as 2 repeat offenders in UP carried around placards written with apologies.

Worried about being shot in an encounter with the UP Police, Salim Ali and Irshad Ahmed, who are accused in several loot and murder cases and were released recently on bail, carried apology placards around the Kairana town of UP on Thursday, reported Times of India.

The placards said, “I will not get involved in any crime in future and will work hard to earn money through fair means. Please forgive us.”

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Apart from the placards, Ali and Ahmad also signed an affidavit on similar lines and gave it to Shamli SP Ajay Pal Sharma.

"We want to turn away from crime for good though there are several cases registered against us at the Shamli and Kairana police stations. We do not want to be hunted down like other criminals. We want to live peacefully with our families," Ali said.

SP Sharma appreciated their change of heart, while adding that the police would keep a close eye on them nonetheless.

"Salim and Irshad did meet me. It’s good if they are turning away from crime. It is for their own good. Our main goal is to ensure criminals leave a life of crime. Their pledge is a clear reflection of the fear of police, which is required for maintaining law and order. We will keep a close watch on them in any case," SP Sharma said.

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According to Kairana station officer Bhagwat Singh Ali and Ahmad face 9 cases of loot and murder each and were granted bail only a month ago.

In the wake of political criticism on the increasing number of encounters, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier said that some people only understand the language of guns, and they should be responded to with guns.