The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced formation of a one-member commission to probe the encounter of notorious Kanpur gangster Vikas Dubey. The gangster was killed by police while being shifted to Kanpur from Ujjain allegedly after he tried to escape from the custody. Following the encounter, several people, including the Opposition parties, claimed that Dubey to killed in a "fake encounter" to protect the identity of his political masters.

The one member commission will probe the fake encounter angle and submit its report in the next two months. Retired Justice SK Aggarwal will be the head and only member of the commission.

"UP Govt constitutes a one-member commission in Vikas Dubey case. The Commission will investigate the encounter incident. Retired Justice SK Aggarwal is part of this one-member Commission with its headquarters in Kanpur. The Commission will have to submit its report in 2 months," reports news agency ANI.

Earlier, the Yogi Adityanath government had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the rise of Vikas Dubey, who was the main accused of the Kanpur ambush in which eight policemen,including a deputy suprintendent of police, were killed.

In a statement, the Yogi government said that the SIT will investigate how Dubey managed to kill eight policemen when they went to arrest him from his house in his native in Kanpur. The SIT will be headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy and submit its report to the government by July 31, the statement said.

The government has asked the SIT to probe whether the police took effective action against the gangster when it received complaints against him. Vikas Dubey was killed by police in an encounter after he allegedly tried to flee from their custody while being taken to Kanpur from Ujjain.

According to the police, the car in which Dubey was being taken to Kanpur overturned on an isolated stretch of the highway on the outskirts of the city. After the accident, Dubey allegedly snatched a police pistol and killed in cross-fire.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma