Gangster Vikas Dubey, accused of killing eight policemen in a shootout last week, was killed Friday morning when he tried to break free while being taken in a convoy to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain city, where he was arrested on Thursday.
“Dubey was killed in encounter when he tried to flee after a road accident,” Mohit Agarwal, Kanpur’s Inspector General of Police, told news agencies. The incident took place between Jhansi and Kanpur, The Indian Express reported.
A vehicle carrying Dubey, whose age is unknown, in the UP Police’s Special Task Force’s (STF) convoy overturned after skidding on a highway slippery after rains. Dubey allegedly snatched a pistol when he was taken out of the upturned vehicle and tried to fire at the police. He was killed in retaliatory firing and two STF personnel were injured, reported news agency IANS.
Visuals after the incident showed Dubey being taken away on a stretcher to the emergency ward of the Hallett Hospital in Kanpur. Dinesh Kumar, a senior police officer in Kanpur, said the hospital’s doctors confirmed Dubey’s death.
Five members Dubey’s gang were killed by the police in alleged shootouts in seven days. Dubey was arrested outside a temple in Ujjain on Thursday, ending a manhunt for a man blamed for entrapping and killing eight policemen who had come to arrest him in Bikru village near Kanpur early morning on July 3.
Dubey had allegedly been tipped off by a sub inspector of the local police station about his arrest and escaped after the policemen’s killing.
Two policemen were arrested for allegedly helping him and over 60 local cops shunted out. Dubey had around 60 cases against him, including murder and attempt to murder.
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