Lucknow: Giving a glimpse of its funnier side on April Fool`s Day, the Uttar Pradesh police on Sunday trolled criminals with a Bollywood-style tweet on the social media platform.
In the tweet, they reminded all the criminals that the life of crime cannot take one far. "Kuch to karan hoga ki villain anth me maara jaata hai (There must be some reason as to why the villain always dies in the end), the post says.
The tweet has photos of Bollywood stars who have portrayed prominent roles as villains. They are - Amrish Puri`s Mogambo from movie 'Mr India', Ajay Devgan`s Sultan Mirza and Emraan Hashmi`s Shoaib Khan from 'Once upon a time in Mumbai'. The tweet also has a caption that says, "aisi dhing maarne waale apradhi ko aaj ka din mubarak (on this day, we wish criminals who say big things).
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) April 1, 2018
On February 16, 2018, too, the UP police had trolled criminals taking a leaf out of Hindi film 'Dabangg' and had posted on Twitter, mocking criminals, "Police se nahin, crime se darr lagta hai sahab' (we are scared of crime, not police).
पुलिस से नहीं, क्राइम से डर लगता है साहेब !! pic.twitter.com/HXmfRafCzN
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) February 16, 2018
UP has been in the news lately for a major crackdown on criminals and 'encounters'. After BJP swept the UP Assembly polls in 2017, the Yogi Adityanath-led government has repeatedly said that improving law and order was one of its priorities. The crackdown on criminals was intensified after new DGP OP Singh took charge in January 2018.
CM Yogi has vowed to take strict action against the criminals after his government faced criticism over a string of crimes in the state. He has often said that 'criminals will either leave the state or will remain in jails'.
On the other hand, on March 27, 2018, a stringent bill to curb organised crime and deal strictly with those trying to foment terror was passed in the UP Assembly.
The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill (UPCOCB) had to be re-introduced in the Assembly as it could not be passed in the Legislative Council, where the ruling BJP is in minority, after being cleared by the Lower House earlier in March 2018.
Piloting the bill, Yogi had justified the measure to put a halt to crime in a vast state like UP.
The proposed legislation on the lines of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) seeks to act sternly against those using explosives or firearms or any other violent means or damaging life and property or involved in anti-national or destructive activities, among other things.
Kidnapping, illegal mining, manufacturing and sale of illicit liquor, acquiring contracts on the basis of muscle power, organised exploitation of forest produce, trade in wildlife and fake medicines, grabbing of government and private properties and extortion will come under the ambit of the new law.
The bill also proposes to give more teeth to law enforcement agencies to control organised crime like land and mining mafia, kidnapping industry and crime syndicates in the state as well as to break the politician-criminal nexus.
(With Agency inputs)