Published: Fri, July 10, 2020

Vikas Dubey encounter: Truth will never come out, say netizens

Vikas Dubey encounter: Truth will never come out, say netizens

UP police said their personnel fired at him when Dubey tried to flee after the vehicle carrying him skidded and toppled in heavy rains at around 6.30 am in Bhauti, 30 minutes before reaching Kanpur city. "He has been arrested from the Mahakal temple", said Narottam Mishra, the home minister of Madhya Pradesh.

The inspector general of police, Mohit Agarwal, told India's PTI news agency that policemen killed Dubey - described as a notorious gangster - in retaliation, after he refused to surrender and fired at officers.

Vikas Dubey, who is accused in 60 cases of murder, robberies, and kidnappings, came into the national spotlight last week when his gang killed eight policemen.

Soon after the news of the encounter broke, Opposition leaders in both UP and MP raised questions."The auto has not toppled...the government has been saved from being toppled due to secrets being exposed", former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.

"Vikas Dubey snatched a pistol from the injured STF men in the vehicle and attempted to flee after the auto overturned".

Two of Dubey's aides were killed in last week's violence.

A private security guard at the temple, however, told reporters: "He (Vikas) was sitting on a bench after offering prayers". They took him to a room and asked him about his identity.

The hunt for Dubey and his aides started off after eight Uttar Pradesh Police personnel were shot dead and at least seven others were seriously injured including a civilian as they went to arrest local criminal Vikas Dubey and his gang in the wee hours of July 3. After all, it was common knowledge that Dubey's had his in-laws in MP and that his political connection on that side of the border as well.

He was taken to hospital, where he died during treatment, the police also said. Early on Thursday, the special task force of Uttar Pradesh police gunned down Prabhat in Kanpur when he allegedly tried to escape from custody.

After staying in Kanpur for two days, he had left for Faridabad, where he stayed for three days and escaped to Rajasthan. He was fatally injured in retaliatory firing. "It would suffice to say that he was arrested in Ujjain", Mishra said. Not only is crime alive and kicking in Uttar Pradesh, the policy of arbitrary encounters by the police has failed to snap the strong links between members of the force and criminals.

It is a familiar story in Uttar Pradesh. He was arrested but was soon released on bail. I have talked to the CM of UP (Yogi Adityanath).

The STF team escorting Dubey to Uttar Pradesh was seen at H-52 Agra-Mumbai Highway in Rijwas toll tax in Madhya Pradesh's Shajpur.

Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said: "The way Vikas travelled from UP to Madhya Pradesh proves that he had been in touch with those who knew about the government's strategy against him. The government must make public Vikas's call details".

Deaths in police custody are not isolated incidents in India.

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