Kanpur, July 10
Gangster Vikas Dubey was shot dead on Friday by the police, who claimed he was trying to flee after the car carrying him from Ujjain overturned on an isolated stretch of the highway on the outskirts of the city.
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The SUV met with the accident at Bhaunti in Kanpur district, toppling on the road which was slippery after rains, the police claimed. Another police statement said a herd of cows and buffaloes suddenly appeared before the vehicle, causing the accident.
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The police said the gangster snatched a pistol from one of the policemen injured in the accident and was shot when he opened fire while trying to flee.
Six policemen, including two from the Special Task Force, were hurt in the accident and the exchange of fire around 6 am, an official said.
Dubey was the sixth man to die in a police encounter after the ambush he allegedly masterminded in Kanpur’s Bikru village past midnight on July 2, killing eight policemen who had come to arrest him.
Madhya Pradesh police arrested Dubey outside the Mahakal temple in Ujjain on Thursday and handed him over to an Uttar Pradesh Police team. Inspector General Mohit Agarwal said Dubey was asked to surrender but when he started firing with an “intention to kill”, the police opened fire in self-defence.
Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Medical College Principal Dr RB Kamal said Dubey, brought dead to hospital, sustained four bullet injuries—three in the chest and one in the hand.
Political analyst Tehseen Poonawalla has sought the intervention of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Dubey’s encounter killing. He alleged the due process of law was not followed in the case. The NHRC had sent several notices to the UP Government over a number of alleged encounter killings by the police in 2017-18. — Agencies
Ambush to encounter
July 3, 2020: Eight cops, including a DSP, gunned down at Bikru village near Kanpur allegedly by Vikas Dubey’s henchmen; hours later, two Dubey aides killed in encounter
July 4: UP Police suspend Chaubeypur station officer Vinay Tiwari, suspected of tipping off Dubey about a raid to arrest him; gangster’s house at Bikru village razed
July 5: Dubey’s aide Dayashankar Agnihotri arrested in a pre-dawn encounter in Kanpur
July 6: UP Police suspend 3 more of their own
July 7: All 68 personnel of the Chaubeypur police station shunted to Reserve Police Lines
July 8: Dubey aide shot; suspended cops Vinay Tiwari and KK Sharma, Bikru beat in-charge, arrested by the police
July 9: Madhya Pradesh Police arrest Dubey in Ujjain, hand him over to Uttar Pradesh Police; his two aides shot in Uttar Pradesh
July 10: Dubey shot dead on outskirts of Kanpur, police say was trying to escape
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Shot thrice in the chest
Dubey was hit by three bullets in the chest and one in the arm, suggesting he was shot from the front and not while he was fleeing, in which case he would have been hit in the back.
Handcuffing issue to fore
The debate over whether or not to handcuff suspects during transit has come to the fore once again. The SC has disapproved of the practice, calling it ‘inhuman, unreasonable, over harsh & arbitrary’.
Hours before, Plea in SC
Hours before the encounter, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the UP Govt and the police to safeguard his life and ensure that he is not killed by the cops.
Past NHRC notices to UP
The National Human Rights Commission had in the past served notices on the UP Government over alleged encounter killings by the state police in 2017-18.
Hyderabad case redux
The killing is reminiscent of the shooting of four accused in the Hyderabad veterinary doctor’s rape-murder case in 2019. All four were then killed as they ‘snatched’ weapons and opened fire.
Opposition trains guns
Order probe by SC judge
The Cong demands a judicial inquiry by a sitting SC judge. The truth about those who patronised criminals like Dubey must be revealed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress
Encounter seems fake
This encounter seems to be fake. He could have disclosed big secrets, like who sheltered him. They are as much to blame Sharad Yadav, Loktantrik Janata Dal
Attempt to save Govt
It is not the car that has toppled. The encounter saved the state govt from toppling Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party
Probe cops, Dubey killings
An SC-monitored probe should be conducted into the encounter as well as the ambush in which eight policemen died last week Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj Party
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