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Leaked audio tape affirms 'jungle raj' in Uttar Pradesh

Facing flak on the issue, Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh has vehemently denied the claims of encounter "fixing" in the state, the Times of India reported. The station house officer of Mauranipur in Jhansi district is purportedly heard on tape Lekhraj Singh Yadav, an accused in several murder and extortion cases, about a planned encounter.

The police officer tells him that the current government under the BJP is stricter against criminals than the previous Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party governments and that he would have to "change with the times". "I can not do anything", says the man on the other end, now identified as Inspector Sumeet Kumar Singh, SHO of Mauranipur Police Station in Jhansi district.

Mr. Singh came under the scanner after an audio clip of him talking to a suspected criminal, identified as Lekhraj Yadav, on the telephone was widely circulated on social media. Your mobile number is under surveillance and you will be killed soon.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made the second arrest in the Unnao rape case today as it took into custody Shashi Singh, the woman who allegedly took the 17-year-old victim girl to the prime accused, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, officials said.

"We are the biggest criminals", the voice adds, laughing. "They are targetting people on the basis of caste and religion, not crime", Mr. Saajan said.

He then goes on to name the BJP district president Sanjay Dubey and a local MLA Rajiv Singh Paaricha. SSP Vinod Kumar said: "It is a serious matter that a police officer is trying to bargain with a criminal". As per reports, almost 1,500 encounters have taken place in the last one year, resulting in the deaths of at least 47 criminals. The reality of these "fake encounters" may be very different.

The controversy comes at a time when the Yogi Adityanath-led government in the state has faced criticism from certain sections, including human rights groups, who have questioned the string of police encounters that have taken place in the last few months.



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