After facing criticism, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the rise of Kanpur gangster Vikas Dubey, who was killed by police in an alleged encounter on Friday. 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.

Following his encounter, the Opposition parties had targeted the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh and alleged that the police killed him to protect the identities of political masters who fecilitated his rise in the world of crime. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the encounter as well as the ambush in which eight policemen died last week.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the criminal is now gone and asked what about those who had "protected" him. Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said that his encounter saved the state government from collapsing.

Will Dubey's political patronage be probed?

Dubey conjured the image of a typical don who dabbled in real-estate, won a district-level election and rubbed shoulders with political figures. An old photo on social media showed him at an event next to an Uttar Pradesh minister, who switched parties to join the ruling BJP. The Congress claimed this showed his political patronage.

Another picture showed a poster of him appealing for votes for his wife, Richa Dubey, in a zila panchayat election which she won from Ghimau under which Bikru village falls.

The poster also carried pictures of two leaders now in the opposition, implying that she had their support.
In 2000, Dubey himself won the Shivrajpur seat in a zila panchayat poll he fought from prison, where he was lodged after a murder charge, according to officials.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma