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Vikas Dubey’s encounter brings focus back on Yogi Adityanath’s ‘thok do’ policy

Opposition has questioned Vikas Dubey’s killing, with former CM Akhilesh Yadav calling it an example of ‘thok do’ policy, while BSP, Congress demanded a probe into it.

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Lucknow: Gangster Vikas Dubey’s death in an ‘encounter’ Friday has not just raised questions over the Uttar Pradesh Police’s modus operandi against crime, but also brought back the focus once again on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s controversial ‘thok do’ (shoot them) policy.

Adityanath, after taking over as the chief minister in 2017, had said in an interview: “Agar aparadh karenge, toh thok diye jayenge (If anyone commits a crime, he will be shot dead).”

His ‘thok do’ policy has led to a number of ‘encounters’ of alleged criminals in the state in the last three years.

In December 2019, the UP Police had tweeted that 5,178 encounters happened in the last two years in which 103 criminals were killed and 1,859 got injured.

“17,745 criminals surrendered or cancelled their own bails to go to jail,” the tweet added.

However, according to government data from last year, the state police engaged in “3,896 encounters and arrested 8,904 accused in the process” under the current dispensation. While 76 criminals were killed in these shootouts, 1,154 others were injured.

Also read: Vikas Dubey, a criminal for police but ‘dabang neta’ with clout in all parties for villagers

Opposition wants probe into ‘encounter’

Questioning Dubey’s ‘encounter’, former chief minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said the killing was an attempt to save the government from toppling by secrets that would have been revealed.

In a conversation with a TV channel, Yadav termed the murder as an example of Yogi government’s ‘thok do’ policy. 

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Congress general secretary (East UP) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, meanwhile, demanded a free and fair investigation under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

Human rights activist and former Kanpur MP Subhashini Ali has said all suspicious encounters in the state should be probed. 

“Until now, only the poor were the targets of such encounters. Most of them were Dalits and Muslims. Not much attention was paid to dreaded criminals like Vikas Dubey,” she told ThePrint. 

“The role played by Kanpur’s former SSP Anant Dev (in giving protection to Dubey) is also quite doubtful. This looks like a well-thought out policy. Only some specific people were targeted. The police came to their senses only when such a big incident (the killing of 8 policemen) took place.”

She even claimed BJP leaders from Madhya Pradesh could also be a part of the whole conspiracy. “A petition has already been filed in the Supreme Court against this encounter,” she added.

Speaking to ThePrint, former Director General of Police, UP, Anand Lal Banerjee said encounters are not the permanent solution. 

“In certain cases, if any gangster is trying to flee then it is different, otherwise taking them to jail is the better solution. Courts are made for justice. So police should use that medium.”

He further said: “It was more important to expose the nexus between criminals, police and politicians.”

Also read: Kanpur ambush to Vikas Dubey ‘encounter’ — retracing events that unfolded in last one week

Media vehicles blocked just before the encounter

According to police, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force was bringing Dubey back to Kanpur from Ujjain, where he had surrendered, when he allegedly attempted to flee after the “car overturned”. 

Police said they tried to make him surrender but he fired at the policemen. Dubey was injured in retaliatory firing by police. He was later admitted to a hospital where he died.

However, just before the ‘encounter’, media vehicles, which were following the UP Police convoy that was taking Dubey to Kanpur, were stopped at a spot, which is one km away from where the ‘encounter’ took place.

News agency ANI has tweeted a video in this regard.

When the media vehicles were blocked, it led to a traffic jam of 15 minutes and within this time, the ‘encounter’ happened.

Similar ‘encounters’ in the past

On 8 October 2019, an ‘encounter’ involving a 28-year-old man, named Pushpendra Yadav, in Jhansi had raised suspicion.

The government had named Yadav as part of mining mafia and said he was killed after he fired at a police team. Police said Yadav was involved in illegal sand mining and was annoyed with local police as they had seized some of his sand-laden trucks.

Former CM Akhilesh Yadav had called the incident a “police lynching” and demanded a judicial probe.

On 27 November 2018, a 20-year-old youth, Irshad Ahmed, of Muzaffarnagar district was killed in an alleged encounter.

His family had said Ahmed had no criminal antecedents. Police, however, said Ahmed was transporting bulls in a vehicle and fired at the police when asked to stop.

Following the incident, the NHRC had issued a notice to the Yogi government.

In a bizarre case that happened during another alleged encounter on 13 October 2018 in Sambhal district, a policeman had mimicked the sound of gunshots to scare away criminals after his pistol got jammed.

In the ‘encounter’, three policeman sustained injuries, while two criminals were shot.

Also read: Veerappan, Ishrat Jahan, Batla House — India’s 10 most controversial ‘encounters’ since 2003


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  1. What about the eight dead policemen and their families?
    Remember Dubey killed a minister in the police station and went scot-free.

  2. If law of UP is if you do crime, you will be executed. People should follow law by not doing crime.
    There is no need of freedom to do crime.

  3. I don’t agree with any of the objections to this encounter. I mean, is it a fact or not that he chopped off a senior police officer’s legs? Did he not get eight policemen killed? If there is ANY DOUBT about these two statements, then let’s debate. If not, then what exactly are these objectors really cribbing about? An honest man’s life is dirt? A cruel man deserves the softest of human help? What nonsense!

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