The Uttar Pradesh Police Monday killed a 24-year-old man allegedly involved in the killing of advocate Umesh Pal, who was a witness in the 2005 murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal, and his two gunners last month in Prayagraj.
The deceased, Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head, said a police officer.
This is the second extrajudicial killing in this case. The police had earlier gunned down one man, identified as Arbaaz.
Prayagraj Additional Commissioner of Police Akash Kulhary said to reporters that Chaudhary was killed in the encounter.
Dhumanganj Station House Officer (SHO) Rajesh Kumar Maurya said the encounter took place in Kaundhiyara police station area around 5.30 a.m.
Since Yogi Adityanath became CM, Uttar Pradesh police injured at least 5,000 alleged criminals in 8,500 ‘encounters’, while the death toll stands at 175.
Critics and rights bodies have been allegingthat the shootings are staged and that the killed mostly belonged to Dalit, Muslim, and OBC communities. Between 2017 and 2020, around 37% of those killed in police encounters in Uttar Pradesh were Muslims