New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday defended the encounter of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey, who was involved in the killing eight police officials, and told the Supreme Court that this case is “diametrically different from the Hyderabad encounter case”.

In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the UP Police said that the car which was ferrying Dubey from Ujjain to Kanpur overturned due to speed and rain. Dubey, taking advantage of the situation, snatched the pistol of a police official and tried to escape, the police noted.

The police in the affidavit further said that Dubey was asked to surrender but refused to do so and fired at the police, adding that it only fired back at the gangster in self defence.

"The facts of the present case are completely and diametrically different from facts emerging in an incident which took place in Hyderabad," the police said in the affidavit, as reported by news agency IANS.

The UP Police also said that the Telangana government has not responded by appointing a judicial commission, but in the Kanpur incident the UP government has constituted a judicial enquiry commission suo moto within days of the incident.

"In Kanpur incident the state of UP has also constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT) to find out the facts regarding the criminals behind the incident and their nexus with other persons", said the police in the affidavit.

"The state authorities acted as per law and Supreme Court guidelines. More facts will be filed later if time is given," it noted, adding that Dubey was not handcuffed as "there were 15 policemen and three vehicles in the convoy".

As per the affidavit, Dubey’s motive was not only to flee but also kill the policemen to create terror in the minds of the people as well as police. "Vikas Dubey and his gang members also brutally cut the Circle Officer's leg after shooting him dead. All the bullets were fired on the police party from point-blank range," it said.

About Vikas Dubey encounter:

Vikas Dubey was responsible for killing eight police officials in the Kanpur encounter. He, however, was gunned down by the police on July 10.

While on July 3, two of Dubey's alleged associates, Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey, were killed by police in an encounter in Kanpur, on July 8 the police killed Amar Dubey, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000, in Maudaha village in Hamirpur district.

On July 9, two more alleged aides -- Kartikeya alias Prabhat and Praveen alias Bauwa Dubey -- were killed in separate encounters in Kanpur and Etawah districts.  

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma