New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Sep 21: In a bid to show to the media that the Uttar Pradesh Police is transparent and fair the cops called on local journalists to witness an encounter. UP cops called media to watch and film real encounter and then gunned down 2 men.Little did the journalists of Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh know, when they received a call from police around 6.45am on Thursday, that they are invited to see a real-life encounter. But to their surprise, a cop on the phone asked them to reach Machua village under Harduaganj police station if they were interested in "watching and filming a real encounter'.
Being a small town the news spread like a wildfire and within 15 minutes, an entire troop of local and national journalists lined up at the site, roughly 25km from the district headquarters.On their arrival, the scribes saw a team of policemen, some of them armed with bulletproof jackets and a few others clad in their uniforms or even Tshirts, initially corner and then gun down two men -- Mustakim and Naushad -- "armed and hiding' in an abandoned irrigation department building. None of the journalists were given any helmet or bulletproof jacket, and they were asked to keep away at least 100 meters away from the site.A police inspector was also injured in the encounter. Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Sahani told reporters that before Mustaqeem and Naushad died, on the way to the hospital, they confessed that they were involved in the killing of two sadhus earlier this month.Aligarh city SP, Atul Srivastava, however, rubbished the charge that the whole encounter exercise was stage-managed. The police said that they tried to stop the motorcycle-borne criminals at a checkpost. Instead of stopping, the duo opened fire at the police, leading to a chase and exchange of fire. The two were injured grievously in the firing and rushed to the district hospital, where they were declared brought dead.