Gangster's Terror: After killing 8 policemen, Vikas Dubey on the run in Uttar Pradesh
Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
LUCKNOW/KANPUR: In a daredevil attack, gangster Vikas Dubey and his accomplices fired at a raiding police party, killing 8 policemen and injuring seven others.
This is one of the deadliest ambush on a police in the State. The condition of some of the injured policemen is serious.
Dubey, 50, a hardened criminal, hailing from Kanpur, has a long list of criminal cases including murders against him in the past. But this attack has come as a shock to the entire security establishment in the Uttar Pradesh.
It is suspected that the news regarding the operation was leaked. When the police party reached near his house in Choubeypur, they faced bullets from sophisticated weapons. The gang members were firing from the roof. A back-hoe (JCB) machine was placed to obstruct the movement of police vehicles.
Vikas Dubey's gang fired indiscriminately. DSP (CO) tried to escape and landed in a nearby house where he was shot repeatedly in the head and his leg was also severed. The policemen were attacked, brutally. It was regarding a murder case that the police party had reached Dubey's house when it faced the unprecedented attack.
Dubey had allegedly been involved in the high-profile murder of Santosh Shukla, who was a BJP leader and had a Minister of State rank, in the Shivli police station the past. Still, despite a long list of offences, he always managed to get away. He also had links with politicians in different parties.
A few years ago, Dacoit Ambika Patel alias Thokia had gunned down six persons including five STF commandos in Chitrakut region on the border of MP and UP. Otherwise, policemen have been killed in Maoist (Naxal) attacks but this is one of the deadliest attacks on police in the State.
Apart from Mishra, those killed include SO Mahesh Chandra Yadav, SI Anup Kumar SIngh, ASI Nebu Lal, four constables Jitendra Pal, Sultan Singh, Bablu Kumar and Rahul Kumar. Assault rifle AK 47, Insas and pistols were looted from police and used to attack on the personnel.
A history-sheeter, Vikas Dubey, had political support from leaders across different parties in the past. After the botched up raid last night, the administration has intensified search operation. Separate teams have been formed to catch the gangster and his accomplices.
UPDATE: Later, on July 10, Dubey was caught amid high drama at Mahakal Temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. On way back to Kanpur, he was shot dead. Police claimed that after SUV overturned, he tried to escape and he was shot in an 'encounter'.