'Thain thain' fame UP-cop injured in encounter


05 Jan 2019

UP: Cop, who shouted 'thain thain' to scare criminals, injured

Uttar Pradesh sub-inspector Manoj Kumar, who shot to fame after he shouted thain thain last year to scare away criminals, was injured in an encounter on Friday.

Kumar was shot at in Sambhal district's Alia Kalyanpur village under Asmoli police station when he and other police personnel went to nab Saddam of Amroha.

Saddam and his accomplices opened fire, hurting Kumar.

What happened

The criminals were fleeing, shot at police party

The criminals were fleeing, shot at police party

Saddam, a wanted criminal, was accused in nearly 15 cases of theft, loot and attempts to murder.

When he was surrounded by police, Saddam and his accomplice tried fleeing on a bike. On seeing police, they didn't slow the bike but fired bullets.

While Saddam was nabbed by police, his accomplice managed to escape.

Sambhal SP Yamuna Prasad said Kumar sustained pellet injuries in hand.

SP Prasad tells what happened

"Acting on a tip-off, our team took position near Alianekpur tri-junction. When the cops saw the two men coming on a motorbike they signaled to stop them, but instead of slowing down the miscreants opened fire on the police party," Prasad said.

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Becoming famous

Looking back: The 'thain thain' trick caught nation's fancy

Kumar mimicking gunshots in October 2018, went viral. The video showed Kumar mouthing thain thain in a field as the guns, the police personnel took, were jammed.

About the incident, a senior cop said, "Such things aren't new and may happen. With regard to the cop shouting, it is a tactic to deal with criminals mentally and create pressure on them to surrender."

The 'thain thain' video became hugely popular

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