Vikas Dubey was shot dead in an encounter by the Uttar Pradesh police on Friday morning after he allegedly tried to escape police custody. This comes a week after a raid for his arrest killed eight policemen who had gone in to arrest him in the Bikru village.
Who was Vikas Dubey?
He had 62 cases filed in his name of which five cases were of murder and eight of attempt to murder. He allegedly killed the BJP leader Santosh Shukla inside the Shivli police station in 2001. He was accused of murdering a Jhunna Baba in 1999 to get hold of his land and property. He was also accused of murdering a teacher and retired principal of Tara Chand College back in 2000. Most of the cases against him were filed in Uttar Pradesh where he was being brought back after his arrest.
Kanpur raid that killed eight policemen
Eight Uttar Pradesh policemen including the Deputy Superintendent of Police and three Sub-inspectors were killed on July2-3 when they went in to arrest Vikas Dubey from Bikru village. At least seven other police officers were injured in the attack inflicted upon them by aides of the gangster.
Following this Kanpur raid, five aides of Vikas Dubey were shot dead in separate encounters by the police. 68 police officials at the Chaubeypur station were removed after their alleged involvement in an unsuccessful raid that left eight officers dead. Two of them have been arrested on the charges of conspiracy as evidence suggesting they helped Dubey escape was found by the Kanpur police.
Arrest in Ujjain
Dubey was identified by a shopkeeper and guards and was subsequently arrested by Ujjain police on Thursday at Mahakaleshwar temple. Several questions were raised on how he managed to escape to Ujjain from Uttar Pradesh and several people questioned the political conspiracy behind this. He was handed over to UP police Special Task Force who were to take Dubey back to Kanpur by road.
Encounter that killed the gangster
He was shot dead early on Friday morning on the way to Kanpur after he allegedly tried to escape. The vehicle carrying him overturned and he tried to take advantage of the situation to flee the spot. He allegedly opened fire on the police officers from the gun he had stolen after they were nearing on him. Police then fired on him that injured him and subsequently led to his death. The incident also left two police officers injured.
“Have nothing to do with him, won’t attend his last rites”, mother of the gangster killed in encounter
Vikas Dubey’s mother was informed of her son’s death after which she refused to perform his last rights. “A police team was sent to inform Vikas Dubey’s family about his death in a police encounter. She refused to go to Kanpur stating that she has nothing to do with him and his deeds,” said Deepak Kumar Singh, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Krishna Nagar.