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UP: Amid ongoing crackdown on goons, criminals walk with placards claiming they will not get involved in any crime in future
Amid ongoing encounters in Uttar Pradesh, in which around 40 dreaded and wanted criminals have been gunned down by UP police, two repeat offenders walked around Kairana town on Thursday holding placards that read: "I will not get involved in any crime in future and will work hard to earn money through fair means. Please forgive us," as per the report published in the Times of India (TOI).

The report has claimed that two accused named Salim Ali and Irshad Ahmad, who had been charged with serious criminal cases such as loot and murder, recently handed over an affidavit to Shamli SP Ajay Pal Sharma with the same pledge.

"We want to turn away from crime for good though there are several cases registered against us at the Shamli and Kairana police stations. We do not want to be hunted down like other criminals. We want to live peacefully with our families," one of the criminals Salim was quoted as saying by the TOI.

Kairana station officer Bhagwat Singh said, "These two face nine cases of loot and murder each. They came out on bail a month ago."

Talking about their forgiveness to the crime, SP Sharma said, "Salim and Irshad did meet me. It's good if they are turning away from crime. It is for their own good. Our main goal is to ensure criminals leave a life of crime. Their pledge is a clear reflection of the fear of police, which is required for maintaining law and order. We will keep a close watch on them in any case."

On Thursday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made it clear that the police encounters in the state would not stop continue against the goons and criminals. CM Adityanath, who was speaking in the State Legislative Assembly during the Zero Hour, took a dig at the opposition saying everybody knew who gave patronage to criminals.

"It is unfortunate that some people are showing sympathy toward criminals. This is dangerous for democracy. The Noida incident which took place on February 3, in which Jitendra Yadav was hit by a bullet was not a police encounter, and police does not count it as an encounter. Even the person affected had endorsed it," Adityanath said.

If the media report is to be believed, around three ambushes between police personnel and criminals have occurred on a daily basis in Uttar Pradesh.

According to data sourced from DGP Headquarters, as many as 1,142 encounters have been recorded between March 20, 2017 and January 31 this year. On the other hand, around eight people were killed in 60 encounters across districts that took place in recent times.

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