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Gangster Vikas Dubey killed in ‘encounter’ in UP, says Police

Police said he snatched a gun and tried to escape following an accident.

Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday said that Gangster Vikas Dubey, an accused of killing eight policemen, was killed in an encounter after he tried to escape from the police following a road accident while being taken to Kanpur from Madhya Pradesh, a report by Delhi based news organisation NDTV said.

The report added that Dubey snatched the gun of a policeman and tried to run but was surrounded. “Police had tried to get him to surrender,” a police official told NDTV.

According to reports, just an hour short of Kanpur, the car in which Dubey was being taken- one of three vehicles in the police convoy, overturned on the rain-slicked highway and he tried to escape, according to the police. He was shot dead, like many of his accomplices who, according to the police, had also tried to escape from custody.

“The car overturned and policemen and the accused were injured. Then Vikas Dubey grabbed a gun from an injured policeman and ran. The police team caught up and surrounded him and tried to get him to surrender, but he refused and started firing. The police had to fire back in self-defence,” NDTV quoted Kanpur police saying in a statement.

“Vikas Dubey was injured and taken to hospital. He died during treatment,” the statement added.

Earlier as Dubey was at large and Police had launched a search operation in four districts in order to chase him, he was arrested from a Mahakal temple in MP’s Ujjain city.

On July 3, 2020, eight policemen were killed when they went in a large team to arrest Dubey at his village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur. According to reports Dubey is currently charged of 60 criminal cases including murder, kidnapping, extortion and rioting.

In order to catch him, police had launched a massive hunt and the bounty on him was raised to Rs 5 lakh.

 

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