In 2017, a little over two months after assuming office as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said in an interview — "agar aap apradh karenge, toh thok diye jayenge" (if you commit a crime, you will be bumped off). Since that time, the UP police have officially shot at and injured at least 3,302 alleged criminals in 8,472 "encounters", and killed 146 people. As reported by this newspaper, the unofficial use of excessive violence by the police has a name — "Operation Langda (lame)". Given the political context, it is difficult not to put two and two together, and conclude that the subversion of the rule of law has political and government sanction. The UP police is not the only force in the country that is accused of using excessive force. However, few state governments highlight this violence as an achievement. For example, in the run-up to Republic Day earlier this year, the Chief Secretary asked district magistrates to publicise "Ab tak 3,000" — referring to the high number of encounters — as one of the state government's primary achievements. As recently as August 3, official UP BJP social media handles shared a video of an alleged criminal… Read full this story
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