Cops and criminals: Who’s the worse criminal? Encounter exposes nexus between cops and criminals

It is well known that cops are collecting money from shops running contraband goods like Pirated CDs, prostitution, organized crime. Some of the most abusive persons for prostitutes are the cops, who don’t pay for services rendered and are ‘rough’. Can you choose who is the worse criminal? The ‘cop’ or the criminal?

Encounter exposes nexus between cops and criminals
10 Jan 2009

LUCKNOW: In an encounter that exposes the shockingly deep-rooted nexus between the cops and criminals, Azamgarh police shot dead a dreaded gangster carrying a cash reward of Rs 20,000 on his head and his three aides including a serving police constable. Two factory-made carbines and four magazines, possibly looted from the UP Police, apart from two pistols, a country-made firearm and a single barrel gun were recovered from the slain gangsters.

The slain gang leader was identified as JP Yadav who had over three dozen criminal cases pending against him and was listed as one of the most wanted and highly active gangsters of eastern UP. The deceased cop, constable Shyam Baran Singh (45) was posted at Narhi police station of Balia district and presently attached to Gyanvyapi Mosque security in Varanasi for a three month deputation. He was on a 3-day leave since January 7 last.

Police suspects that this native of Jahanaganj locality in Azamgarh had apparently come to manage the surrender of JP and his gang members. The remaining two aides of JP were identified as Ramdhani and Vinod Yadav of Jaunpur. Ramdhani too carried a cash reward of Rs 5,000 on his head and had at least 14 criminal cases pending against him.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Azamgarh Ramit Sharma, who led the operation, told TOI that in the recent past, Azamgarh police were receiving regular tip-offs on the movement of JP Yadav, Azam Qasai and Pappu Rafat — the three top-listed gangsters of Azamgarh in the region. “We had mounted pressure on them by conducting regular raids at their suspected hideouts and lately received a tip-off that some of them were planning to surrender as well. We were working on the tip and were also laying traps around the court premises since last four days,” Ramit said talking to TOI.

Late on Thursday night, Sidhari police were on their regular raid scheme when they spotted a silver Bolero near Narauli crossing and tried to intercept it. The occupants of the suspected vehicle, however, tried to escape from the scene arousing further suspicion of the police. Police quickly cordoned the area and began to zero in on the Bolero and managed to corner it near Vishal Theatre. Finding themselves trapped, the suspects began indiscriminate firing at the police party. In the retaliatory firing, all the four occupants of the Bolero (UP 62 TC 223) were shot dead.

Though the police failed to identify the slain gangsters initially but the fire-power of the slain gangsters left them confident that the breakthrough was a major one. Their gut feeling turned out to be true when the gangsters were identified as JP Yadav and his aides.

Additional director general of police (ADG) Law & Order, Crime and Special Task Force (STF) Brij Lal said that police were trying to trace the carbines recovered from the gangsters.

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