A shocking incident from Uttar Pradesh came to light this morning. Eight cops, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, were killed in an encounter with criminals in Kanpur, reported Times Of India. It all happened when the police personnel were going to arrest a notorious criminal Vikas Dubey in Dikru village that comes under the jurisdiction of Chaubeypur police station.
Kanpur: 8 Police personnel lost their lives after being fired upon by criminals when they had gone to raid Bikaru village in search of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey. SSP Kanpur says, "They'd gone to arrest him following complaint of attempt to murder against him.They were ambushed" pic.twitter.com/9Qc0T5cKPw
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 3, 2020
The 40-year-old is a wanted criminal who has 60 other cases filed against him. Often regarded as ‘Shivli’s Don’, he hails from Vikru village of Kanpur Dehat district, reports News18. Dubey’s alleged history includes gruesome murders, robberies and kidnappings spanning the past few decades.
Authorities have also announced a reward prize of Rs 25,000 for information on Dubey. The sheeter is also allegedly behind the murder of several high-profile political figures apart from being accused of several other murders, robberies and kidnappings.
Who's Vikas Dubey :
– Accused in murders of:
2000: Siddheshwar Pandey
2000: Rambabu Yadav
2001: BJP leader Santosh Shukla & acquitted due to lack of evidence
2004: Businessman Dinesh Dubey
– 60 criminal cases
– Won Shivrajpur Nagar Panchayat election while he was in jail.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) July 3, 2020
According to Hindustan Times, the cops went out to catch the gangster Vikas Dubey after a villager lodged a case of attempt to murder against him. The police believe that the criminals might have been informed of the raid hence they obstructed the entrance. When the cops approached Vikas’s hideout and came out of their vehicles, the criminals opened fired from a rooftop, leading to the death of deputy SP Devendra Mishra, three sub-inspectors and four constables. Post the firing, UP police’s Special Task Force (STF) has been put to action.
ADG Law and Order Prashant Kumar said that apart from the eight cops, seven other people, including a civilian, were also injured in the incident.
A case under Sec 307 was lodged against history-sheeter Vikas Dubey, police had gone to arrest him. JCBs were put up there which obstructed our vehicles. When cops got down, criminals opened fire. There was retaliatory firing but criminals were at a height, so our 8 men died: DGP pic.twitter.com/pxY6G7FyfM
— TOI Kanpur (@TOIKanpur) July 3, 2020
“Few police weapons are also missing. Those responsible for the act will be caught and produced before the law. If there has been any lapse on the part of the police, it will be investigated,” he added.
People online were irked by this unfortunate incident.
While we slept, 8 brave cops lost their lives , they were attacked during a raid to catch the criminal (Vikas Dubey), at his house in Kanpur Up. Heart goes out for the families of the sons of the soil.🇮🇳
Respect and gratitude!🙏🏼#Kanpur #UPPolice pic.twitter.com/YptGYqZrVL
— आत्मनिर्भर⚡mahir🇮🇳 (@JPMahir) July 3, 2020
RIP to the 8 brave Police Personals, who laid there life in encounter at kanpur…
A request to the @Uppolice please🙏 don't arrest Vikas Dubey, kill him as soon as he is seen… #Kanpur pic.twitter.com/i8jgyrH5M4
— Sachin_Naik🇮🇳 (@Sacchi_Naik008) July 3, 2020
Encounter in Kanpur . condolence for 8 police man🙏 Co Devendra Mishra ji , SHO sahab . Most wanted criminal vikas Dubey and his friend Rajesh awasthi . I request @kanpurnagarpol time will be come finish crime and criminals.He is terrorist not a criminal. pic.twitter.com/xhlkvS4LG0
— Amit Singh (@AmitSin13750111) July 3, 2020
My heartfelt condolences with the police officers and their families who lost their life in the banter with criminal Vikas Dubey.
RIP@CMOfficeUP Take all necessary steps in bringing back proper Law and order in our state. Don't leave any stone unturned.@myogiadityanath pic.twitter.com/TmTbn6DaiT
— Åyüsh Prãtåp Síñgh (@AyushUrs) July 3, 2020
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the brave policemen who lost their lives in this encounter. Hope the accused is put behind bars and prosecuted for his actions ASAP.