50 criminals surrender within 15 days after Yogi storms back into power

(This story originally appeared in on 03/27/2022)

LUCKNOW: Within two weeks of the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government rushing back to power on March 10, at least 50 criminals have surrendered for fear of clashes with police or bulldozers rolling over their homes.

With placards around their necks scrawling a message – I surrender, please do not open fire – several wanted criminals rushed to police stations across the state and surrendered.

The trend started with Gautam Singh on the run, accused of kidnapping and extortion. He surrendered at Chhapia police station in Gonda district on 15 March. Within three days, 23 criminals bid farewell to crime at Chilkana Police Station in Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh.

Four alcohol smugglers later surrendered to Deoband police with an affidavit that they would not commit another crime.

This was followed by a wave of renditions in neighboring Shamli district, where 18 people accused of cow slaughter entered Thanabhawan and Garhipukhta police stations to be taken into custody. Within days, another wanted criminal, Himanshu aka Honey, held up a placard asking police officers not to shoot him as he surrendered at Sirsaganj Police Station in Firozabad.

ADG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said 50 criminals not only surrendered but promised to give up the crime. Two criminals were shot dead during encounters and ten others arrested during that time, he said.

“In order to improve law and order, rapid and severe measures are taken through microplanning to instill fear in criminals in every corner of the state,” he said. Zero tolerance for crime is not just about effective action against the mafia, but about renewed vigilance and increased patrols by UP-112, Kumar said. There has also been no communal unrest in the state since 2017, he added.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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