If it’s stupid and it works, it is not stupid. In a bizarre series of events, an Uttar Pradesh policeman imitated the sounds of gunshots to catch criminals. During an encounter in Sambhal district of the state, the pistol of one of the officers got jammed, following which he decided to scare the criminals by mimicking the sound of gunshots by shouting “thain thain.”
#WATCH: Police personnel shouts 'thain thain' to scare criminals during an encounter in Sambhal after his revolver got jammed. ASP says, 'words like 'maaro & ghero' are said to create mental pressure on criminals. Cartridges being stuck in revolver is a technical fault'. (12.10) pic.twitter.com/NKyEnPZukh
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In the video recorded on camera, as assistant superintendent of police can be seen shouting to create mental pressure on the criminals. The incident of exchange of fire between criminals and the police was reported on October 12, the video of which was posted on social media. A criminal with Rs 25,000 bounty on his head was arrested in the encounter. Moreover, a policeman was also injured in the exchange of fire with criminals.
The police were looking for a convict named ‘Bhatija’ who had a reward of Rs 25,000 on him. He had around 18-19 cases against him. A tip resulted in the police surrounding him near Asmauli area. Following the incident, the police officer is set to receive a ‘bravery award’ for his quick thinking. Sambhal SP Yamuna Prasad would present a certificate of bravery to Sub Inspector Manoj Kumar for his actions.
“This was a strategic step for many reasons. First, many police teams were coming in from different sides. His reaction let other teams know their location so that there is no friendly-fire. Also, in some encounters we scream ‘maaro-maaro’ and ‘pakdo-pakdo’ to startle the criminal. This will tell him that he is surrounded and would rather surrender,” said Prasad. “All these things were presented in bad light on social media and the S-I was made a villain. I asked the Additional SP for a detailed report on the encounter and he informed that the encounter went on for a long time. The criminals were hiding and what S-I Kumar showed was quick thinking. I would give a certificate to the five-member police team and recommend them for DGP commendation.”
By Abhishek Aggarwal