Kanpur, July 10: Gangster Vikas Dubey was killed after a road accident on Friday morning while being taken to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh from Madhya Pradesh, where he was arrested yesterday.
The car that had Vikas Dubey overturned on the highway that was slick with rain and he tried to escape. He was reportedly shot dead.
Visuals after the incident showed Vikas Dubey being taken away on a stretcher.
On the run since he organized the massacre of eight policemen in Kanpur last Friday, Vikas Dubey was arrested yesterday at the famous Mahakal temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. He was spotted by temple security guards when he bought prasad and entered the temple. When he came out, he was confronted by the guards and after he lashed out, he was taken to the police.
Evading UP policemen on his trail for five days, Dubey had driven from his village in Kanpur to Faridabad in Haryana, where he escaped from a hotel just before the police arrived. He then drove to Kota in Rajasthan and finally to Madhya Pradesh, without being checked in the 1,500 km journey.
Questions were raised on whether it was an arrest or the gangster turned himself in at a time and place of his choosing. Senior UP police officer Mohit Agarwal dismissed talk of surrender and said: “We had caught many of his associates and a few were killed. So definitely he was trying to save his life and on the run.”
He was arrested hours after two of his accomplices were shot dead by Uttar Pradesh police in separate encounters. One of them was arrested on Wednesday from the Faridabad hotel where Dubey had been sighted. On the way to UP, he allegedly snatched a pistol from a policeman trying to fix a flat tyre and tried to run away when he was shot.
On Friday last, a large team of policemen who went to Dubey’s Bikru village to arrest him in an attempted murder case was caught by surprise when there was indiscriminate firing from rooftops. Eight policemen were killed in the ambush set up after the gangster was tipped off by a local police inspector. Dubey escaped after the massacre.
The UP administration tore down Dubey’s house and launched a massive hunt for him. Over the last week, five of Dubey’s accomplices were killed.
Dubey’s wife and son were found in Lucknow and were taken for questioning last evening.