New Delhi, Feb 17: Two alleged criminals in Kairana district of Uttar Pradesh were seen carrying placards which said they would not commit crime in the future, reported news agency ANI on Saturday. The incident comes days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath informed the Legislative Council that police encounters in the state would not stop.

Main aage bhavishya mein koi apraadh nahi karunga aur mehnat majdoori karke apna aur apne parivaar ka bharan-poshan karunga (I will not get involved in any crime in future and will work hard to take care of my family and myself),” read one of the placards.

The criminals identified as Salim Ali and Irshad Ahmad were accused in several loot and murder cases and recently released on bail. As per the reports, the duo handed over an affidavit to Shamli SP Ajay Pal Sharma with the same pledge.

“We want to turn away from crime for good though there are several cases registered against us at the Shamli and Kairana police stations. We do not want to be hunted down like other criminals. We want to live peacefully with our families,” Times of India quoted Salim as saying.

Earlier on Thursday, while speaking in the House during the Zero Hour, Adityanath pointed toward the opposition and said everybody knew who gave patronage to criminals. A total of 40 dreaded criminals have been gunned down in 1200 encounters, and this will continue, the chief minister had said.