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U.P. Police conducted 10,713 encounters in Yogi Adityanath’s tenure

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Uttar Pradesh Police claimed that they nabbed 5,967 criminals in 10,713 encounters carried out in the six-years of the Yogi Adityanath government while 1,708 criminals were injured.

“As soon as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took over the reins of the State, improving the law and order situation in the State became his priority. According to the available statistics, there have been 10,713 encounters since 2017 of which the highest – 3,152 encounters – were by Meerut Police in which 63 criminals were killed and 1,708 arrested. This is followed by Agra Police, which carried out 1,844 encounters in which 14 dreaded criminals were killed, 4,654 were arrested while 55 police personnel were injured,” a U.P. government press release said on Thursday.

It added the Adityanath government has adopted a policy of “zero tolerance against mafias and intensified crackdown on anti-social elements to strengthen U.P.’s law and order situation”. The government data shows that under Bareilly division, 1,497 encounters took place in the last six years in which 3,410 criminals were arrested while seven were killed and 437 injured.

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The U.P. government added that encounter was the top strategy of the State police to crack down on criminals. “U.P. worked in a phased manner to curb crime and crack down on criminals. Encounter was the top strategy, which created fear among the criminals, after which they started fleeing from the State. Due to police actions, the State which was once known for poor law and order situation and atrocities of mafias today is being known not only in the country but abroad as a crime- and fear-free State,” it said.

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Supervisor of supermarket arrested for sexually assaulting three minor girls

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All Women Police, Ennore, on Friday arrested the supervisor of a supermarket for sexually assaulting three minor girls who were working there. The police arrested the owner of the supermarket for beating up the girls.

The girls were working at a supermarket run by M. Senthilkumar near Manali. The police said K. Chandrasekar, 62, who worked as supervisor, inappropriately touched the girls and sexually harassed them at the store. Upset, the girls mixed diarrhoea tablets in his tea last Sunday. Chandrasekar reported this to his employer.

The owner of the store first beat them up and dismissed them from the job. Frustrated, the girls attempted to end their lives near a wedding hall in Sowcarpet. Passers-by rescued them and rushed them to the Government Stanley Hospital where they are under treatment.

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The police said Senthil has been booked for causing injury to the girls and for employing minors.

Chandrasekar has been booked under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Both were arrested and remanded in judicial custody.

(Assistance for overcoming suicidal thoughts is available on the State’s health helpline 104, Tele-MANAS 14416 and Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050).

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Most narcotics are shipped in Pakistan, Amit Shah tells conference

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday security in the ocean needs to be strengthened as most of the narcotic drugs are shipped in Pakistan and go via Iran to Sri Lanka and Africa.

He stressed that drug control was not just the Centre’s fight but of the states, societies and citizens.

“At least 60-70 per cent of drug smuggling happens through the sea route,” he said addressing the regional conference on ‘Drug Trafficking and National Security’ for southern states and Union territories.

“We need to have a top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top approach sparing none who is involved in drug trafficking.”

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He highlighted the need to investigate the chain of networks down below when a big fry was caught.

 

“When we catch a big fry, we need to investigate the entire chain of networks down below. When we catch a drug addict, we need to investigate those who supplied them,” he said.

“If drug addiction is not controlled, it will become an incurable ulcer in the body.”

“We have set a goal of drug-free India. We have the target of (becoming) a developed nation by 2047 and a five trillion (USD) economy in 2025. Drug-free society is the foundation to achieve these goals. All the governments should join hands. We have to make the eradication of drug menace a people’s fight,” Shah said.

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Shah urged all the government departments such as revenue, social welfare, education and culture should join hands with the health department in the drive against drugs. Drug detection, network destruction, culprit detention and addict rehabilitation are the four pillars of the fight against narcotics.

“I am sorry to say that the detention of culprits is taken very lightly. We are not being stern against them. We should not take drug cases in isolation. We have to deal with it sensitively. You have to fight collectively through detection of drugs, destruction of networks, detention of culprits and rehabilitation of those addicted.”

According to Shah, there are strong provisions in the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act, which are not being implemented effectively.

“Please review it and find out how many properties of drug dealers have been confiscated, and how many of them have been jailed using these laws,” he suggested.

He reminded the officers that the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has adopted a zero tolerance policy against drugs to make India drug-free country.

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He further said that under the platinum jubilee of the Indian independence, it was decided that during the 75-day campaign starting from June 1, 2022, 75,000 kg of narcotics will be destroyed.

A total of 5,94,620 kg of narcotics worth Rs 8,409 crore has been destroyed so far, over-achieving the target manifold, Shah said.

The Union minister noted that his ministry has adopted a three-pronged approach to crackdown on narcotics, which includes strengthening institutional structures, empowerment of all agencies related to control of narcotics and launching an awareness campaign.

Shah told the gathering that a total of 1,257 cases were registered between 2006 and 2013, which increased by 152 percent to 3,172 between 2014 and 2022, while, the total number of arrests during the same period increased by 260 percent to 4,888 from 1,362.

Similarly, during 2006-2013, 1.52 lakh kg of drugs were seized, which doubled to 3.30 lakh kg during 2014-22. Drugs valued at Rs 768 crore were seized during 2006-2013, which rose by 25 times to Rs 20,000 crore during 2014-2022.

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During the event, 9,298 kg of seized narcotics worth Rs 1,235 crore were destroyed.

Apart from this, a memorandum of understanding was also signed between the Rashtriya Raksha University and the Government of Karnataka to open a new campus of the University at Shivamogga.

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Mitchell Starc Dons UP Warriorz Jersey to Support Wife Alyssa Healy, Fans Call Him ‘World’s Best Cheerleader’

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Mitchell Starc seen supporting Alyssa Healy’s UP Warriorz (Twitter image)

Mitchell Starc was seen wearing the UP Warriorz jersey to support wife Alyssa Healy during their WPL 2023 Eliminator against Mumbai Indians

Mitchell Starc donned the UP Warriorz jersey to support his wife Alyssa Healy in their playoff match against Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Friday in WPL 2023.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s side finished second in the WPL 2023 standings, whereas Healy’s UP Warriorz finished 3rd thus setting up a teasing fixture to join Delhi Capitals in the grand finale.

Ahead of the all-important playoff tie, star Australian pacer Starc was seen donning the UP Warriorz jersey to support the team captained by his wife.

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Healy celebrates her 33rd birthday on March 24 and ahead of the Eliminator the Aussie pacer had also joined the Warriorz camp to celebrate his wife’s birthday.

Lauren Bell shared a story on Instagram wishing her skipper Healy whose husband Starc can be seen applying cake on her face.

Sharing the post, Bell wrote, “Happy Birthday, skip @A_Healy.”

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Meanwhile, fans couldn’t stop gushing at Starc’s gesture who after helping Australia win the ODI series against India stayed back in the nation to leave the country along with his wife after the conclusion of WPL.

It’s not the first occasion Starc has turned out to cheer for his wife Healy, and fans called the star pacer the ‘best cheerleader’ in the world.

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Check how fans reacted:

Earlier, Alyssa Healy won the toss and elected to bowl against Kaur’s Mumbai Indians.

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The Aussie wicketkeeper batter made some changes to her playing XI from their last match against Delhi Capitals which they lost by 5 wickets.

“Always nice to win the toss. Going to bowl tonight. Wicket looks a belter, don’t think it’ll change much. Hope dew comes in later. Last few teams batting first have lost the game. Few changes from the last match. Grace Harris comes back in, can’t remember all the others. Unfortunately Shabnim misses out,” said Healy after toss.

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