Official statistics show that 10 of the alleged criminals were killed in just 48 days leading up to September 14.
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has been tough when it comes to dealing with criminals in the state. Three months later, data shows that this was not an empty threat.
Inspector general (law and order) Hari Ram Sharma said that the encounters were part of the police's efforts to "control crime", the Indian Express report said.
In the encounters between March 20 and September 14, 88 police personnel have suffered injuries.
On an overdrive to control crime under the Yogi Adityanath government, the Uttar Pradesh police has carried out 420 encounters in the past six months killing 15 criminals. Jai Prakash Singh, sub-inspector, died during the encounter of with a gang of alleged dacoits in Chitrakoot. "Criminals do not surrender to police without any resistance". According to Sharma, the National Security Act is being used to charge 54 accused, while the properties of 69 others have been attached under the UP Gangster and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act. He also said that the police had arrested 1,106 people as part of the encounters, in which 84 of the accused were injured.
Dismissing suggestions that police were portraying these encounters as normal, Sharma said, "Police is accountable to the executive, judiciary, media and people".
"Every encounter is followed by a magisterial inquiry. The National Human Rights Commission is informed about the deaths", he added.
"On September 2, a day after wanted criminal Sunil Sharma succumbed to injuries sustained in an encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow, Srivastav posted: "#uppolice encounter express halts in the capital... miles to go..." The tweet was accompanied by a news clippings of the encounter.
Moreover, recently on September 12, Srivastav again took to Twitter and said, "No count is final".
Additional director general (law and order) Anand Kumar said, "We have adopted a proactive approach towards criminals who are creating fear in society".