Family Of UP Cop KIlled In Encounter With Criminals In Kannauj

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'We Want Justice': Family Of UP Cop KIlled In Encounter With Criminals

New Delhi:

The body of the police constable killed during an encounter with a notorious criminal was sent to his hometown Muzaffarnagar today. Sachin Rathi — shot during yesterday’s encounter with murder-accused Ashok Yadav in Kannauj. He succumbed to injuries last night.

Rathi was part of a four-member team that went to arrest Ashok Yadav, wanted in at least 20 cases, from his home Kannauj. The 52-year-old had jumped bail and was at a village where his wife has been a pradhan.

The team was sent to arrest him after a local court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

But Ashok Yadav and his son Abhay opened fire on the police team. The two were caught with the help of reinforcements from four police stations.

During the hour-long encounter, Rathi was shot in the thigh and died after massive blood loss at a hospital in Kanpur where he was sent.

The 30-year-old was to be married in a month to a colleague.

“We want him to be declared martyred… also.. the criminals should be treated the same way.. they should get what happened to Sachin.. we demand justice,” said his uncle Devendra Rathi.

More than 16 policemen have died and over 1500 have been injured during encounters with criminals in Uttar Pradesh since Yogi Adityanath’s government came into power in March 2017.

Altogether, 11,808 encounters have taken place in this period.

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