On Saturday, two people were injured after a police sub-inspector opened fire at them in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida sector 122.
Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Uttar Pradesh government, the Samajwadi Party on Sunday alleged that the two youths injured in police firing are victims of “fake-encounter”.
Accusing the UP police of “staging encounters”, SP spokesperson Pankhuri Pathak tweeted, “Innocent man named Jitendra Yadav shot in the neck in another failed encounter bid by @noidapolice in Noida. @UPGovt trying best to keep the issue away from the media. He is fighting for his life in Fortis Hospital. @Uppolice officers shooting innocents for promotions. Plz RT.”
Innocent man named Jitendra Yadav shot in the neck in another failed encounter bid by @noidapolice in Noida . @UPGovt trying best to keep the issue away from the media. He is fighting for his life in Fortis Hospital. @Uppolice officers shooting innocents for promotions. Plz RT. pic.twitter.com/LJadnHfD0z
— Pankhuri Pathak (@pankhuripathak) February 4, 2018
Earlier on Saturday, two people were injured after a police sub-inspector opened fire at them in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida sector 122. While one of the injured was shot in the neck and is admitted to the hospital in critical condition, the other was shot in his leg.
Reportedly, one of the injured, Jitendra Kumar Yadav, a gym trainer was on his way to home at Parthala village – along with three of his friends – when their car was allegedly stopped by sub-inspector Vijay Darshan, who later shot at him. While the family of Yadav claimed that the police personnel was heard telling over phone that an encounter had taken place, Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP said, “prima facie it is not an encounter case”.
Narrating the sequence of the event, Yadav’s friend and an eye-witness in the case said, “We aren’t criminals, why should we have gone to the police chowki? As soon as we sat in the car, he took out the gun and shot. We thought that the bullet has been fired in the air but we saw blood and panicked. The police did not even take him to the hospital. We begged them to take us to the hospital, told them that if we reach on time, he might be saved. But he said not now and asked us not to pick and phone calls.”
“My phone had fallen in the car, I was trying to pick it up but he kept hitting me. When we reached the chowki, he parked the car. I broke the windscreen of the car and started creating a hue and cry because he was not taking us to the hospital. I did so in the hope that someone helps us. He called someone and said that, Sir, an encounter has taken place here, cross firing has happened,” he added.
Asserting that the accused sub-inspector had been arrested and three other police personnel — a sub-inspector and two constables had been suspended, Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP Love Kumar said that the firing might be a result of personal enmity and not an encounter.
Stating that the revolver with which the victim was fired had been recovered, he said, “Prima facie, what has come to be understood that this is not an encounter case. This is an unusual incident in which the accused subinspector has been arrested and being sent to jail. We are investigating the case on different angles and all facts are being verified.”
“It is possible that there might have been some personal reason due to which he fired from his gun. We condemn this incident and a sub-inspector is not expected to do such a thing. That is why he has been suspended and he is being arrested,” he added.