Ever since the BJP government led by CM Yogi Adityanath came to power, people had started expecting considerable improvement in UP’s law and order situation. This was due to the significant rise in crimes during Akhilesh’s government, which was one of the important reasons why he lost the assembly elections earlier this year. During the initial few weeks, even the Yogi government found it difficult to control the situation, and it seemed that it was losing the battle against criminals. However, after understanding the policing mechanism and the system, CM Yogi tightened the screws. The results have been heartening, and for everyone to see.
Many criminals who had been granted bail or parole, got it cancelled and went back into jails. 15 most wanted criminals from all over the state (4 from Badaun, 3 each from Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Basti, 2 from Amroha) refused to go out of the jail, even after getting bail. Similarly, 9 criminals from Sambhal, Bulandshaher, Gautambuddhnagar, Hapud and Muzaffarnagar got their bails cancelled. 86 notorious criminals, who were wanted in other states, surrendered there due to fear. Out of these 86, 5 were from Bareilley zone, 67 from Meerut zone, 11 were from Kanpur and 2 were from Allahabad. All this, due to encounter of 20 most wanted criminals by the UP Police. Apart from this more than 2500 criminals have been arrested from all over the state.
These figures have been disclosed in a report of the DGP headquarter in Lucknow. The figures are of the period starting March 2017 to October 2017. The report further reveals, that most of the surrenders have happened in the last couple of months. The western region of Uttar Pradesh has witnessed the highest number of encounters, as well as the highest number of surrenders by criminals before the police or court. Dharmveer Sethi surrendered in a court at Baghpat, while Jabbaar and Zia Ul Haq surrendered in Bulandsheher.
Some of the offenders who carry rewards on their heads, are even scared to live inside the jails of UP, due to the fear of the Police. Taking advantage of being wanted in other states, they have surrendered in those states. Billu Dujana who’s name had instilled fear in hearts of the people in western UP, surrendered before a court in New Delhi. Amit Jat from Meerut surrendered in Sonipat, while Bittu surrendered in Rohtak, in Haryana.Many criminals even went to Jaipur in Rajasthan, to surrender themselves over there, so as to remain far away from UP.
Everyone knows how infamous Uttar Pradesh had become, because of the rampant lawlessness and crime, that was prevalent under the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government led by Ex CM Akhilesh Yadav. Those who have lived in UP, will agree that even rowdyism has always been a hallmark of successive SP governments, and Mulayam’s rule was even worse than Akhilesh. Tainted police officers were being promoted on the basis of their caste, religion, or ability to pay bribes for transfers, instead of their merit. So credit must be given to Yogi Adityanath, who started cleaning the system, by appointing a DGP like Sulkhan Singh, who is well known for his honest and clean image. The policemen who were involved in these encounters deserve applause for their bravery. The report indicates that Yogi and UP Police are on their way to make UP, a crime free state over the next 5 years.