New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday morning confirmed that notorious gangster Vikas Dubey, the main accused arrested in the killing of eight policemen during an ambush in Kanpur last week, has been killed while he was trying to escape the spot after one of the cars of the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) that was bringing him back from Madhya Pradesh to Kanpur overturned on a highway in UP. 

Hospital authorities informed that Vikas Dubey had suffered three bullet injuries on his chest while one was hit on his arm. The authorities also said that two of the three injured policemen suffered bullet injuries during the encounter. However, the condition of the injured policemen is stable. 

"The condition of the 3 injured police personnel is stable; bullets brushed by two of them. Vikas Dubey had 3 bullet injuries on the chest and one on his arm", Dr RB Kamal, Principal, LLR Hospital, Kanpur

Images from the accident site: 

What the Police said:

Senior Superintendent of Police (Kanpur) Dinesh Kumar P said that the accident took place on Friday morning when it was raining heavily and the police vehicle overturned near Kanpur. "Some policemen accompanying Dubey were also injured in the incident," the SSP said. He did not specify whether they were injured in the accident or during the encounter.

The police said that after the accident, Dubey snatched the pistol of an STF personnel and tried to flee but was surrounded by the police team and he was injured in an exchange of fire. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead. The police confirmed that Dubey "sustained injuries" but did not confirm to what extent, saying it would be revealed in the postmortem report.

"Vikas Dubey attempted to flee by snatching pistol of the injured policemen after a car overturned. Police tried to make him surrender, during which he fired at the policemen. He was injured in retaliatory firing by police. He was later rushed to the hospital", SP West Kanpur Anil Kumar said as quoted by ANI. 

Meanwhile, UP ADG Law and Order Prashant Kumar informed that a total of 6 police personnel, including 3 sub-inspector, 1 constable & 2 STF commandos were injured in the incident. He also said that so far, 3 people have been arrested in the Kanpur encounter, while 6 accused have been killed and 7 people sent to jail under section 120B of the IPC. 

"3 sub-inspector, 1 constable & 2 STF commandos were injured during the incident. In this case, so far, 3 people have been arrested, 6 accused killed, 7 people sent to jail (under section 120B IPC), & 12 wanted criminals still absconding", Prashant Kumar, UP ADG-Law & Order said. 

What happened earlier:

Vikas Dubey, who planned the Kanpur ambush killing 8 policemen after they went to arrest him on an attempt to murder complaint last week, was arrested on Thursday from the outside of Mahakal Temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain. Later in the day, the Uttar Pradesh took custody of the gangster, taking him back to UP via road. 

While travelling back to UP, a car with the convoy of the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) bringing Dubey back was overturned on Friday morning, as it was raining heavily in the area, the police claims. Taking advantage of the accident, Vikas Dubey snatched a gun from an injured policeman after which he was surrounded by the police and was asked to surrender. 

However, the notorious gangster refused to surrender and tried to escape the spot and fired bullets on the police. The police personnel also retaliated by firing on Dubey and he got injured. The police then rushed him to the hospital where the authorities declared him dead. 

What the opposition said:

Moments after Vikas Dubey was gunned down by the police, the opposition started attacking the Yogi government and said that the gangster was killed to conceal the links with police and ministers. 

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said that "Actually, the car didn't topple. The UP government has been saved from toppling by secrets that would have been revealed."

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also slammed the state government and said, “The criminal is dead, but what about those who aided the criminal?”.

Veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijaya Singh said that it is important to ascertain why Vikas Dubey chose the Mahakal temple and asked who helped the notorious gangster in the state.    

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Karti P Chidambaram called the "Uttar Pradesh Police the biggest mob in India". "Oh so predictable! The biggest mob in India is the @Uppolice headed by a “Don” Now everything is settled. All inconvenient truths buried for good," he said in a tweet.

What happened before his arrest in MP:

Earlier, five members of the Dubey gang were killed in separate encounters. While on July 3, two of his associates, Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey, were killed by police in an encounter in Kanpur, on July 8 the police killed another aide, Amar Dubey, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000, in an encounter in Maudaha village in Hamirpur district.

On July 9, two more aides of gangster Vikas Dubey, wanted in connection with the Kanpur ambush, were killed in separate encounters in Kanpur and Etawah districts.

He was on a run since last week when the encounter took place in Bikru village in the Chaubeypur area of Kanpur. Vikas Dubey was a prime accused in some 60 criminal cases in his lifetime, including murders. He was also accused of killing a BJP MLA in a police station 20 years ago but was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Posted By: Talib Khan