2.5 Lakh Bounty on Vikas Dubey in Killing of 8 Policemen in UP
- by Suramya-Kaushik
- Jul 07, 2020 06:01
2.5 Lakh bounty on Vikas Dubey in the killing of 8 policemen in UP
The bounty on Vikas Dubey has been increased to 2.5 Lakh, the gangster who killed 8 policemen has been missing since Friday. On Friday, eight policemen including a Deputy Superintendent of police were killed when they went to arrest Dubey in a village in Kanpur in early morning hours.
Additional Director General Law and Order Prashant Kumar said on Monday, “The cash reward for the arrest of Vikas Dubey has been increased to Rs 2.50 lakh by UP Director General of Police HC Awasthy.”
Dubey said to be in his 50s is missing since the massacre. His photo has been put up at a check-post near the India-Nepal border. Dubey was reportedly last traced to Auraiya and the police suspect he may have left UP and escaped to Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan or may try to escape to Nepal. The bounty was earlier kept at 50,000 which has now been increased to 2.5 lakh. Along with this, the four policemen suspected to have tipped off Dubey about teams heading to his village to arrest him have been suspended.
The strange fact about Vikas Dubey is that despite being a top gangster in UP, who’s involved in more than 60 criminal cases including murders, has not been charged in most of the cases. Also, his name is not on the list of most wanted gangsters as well. Vikas Dubey's criminal record began in 1990 with a case of murder. Over the years, charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, extortion, and rioting were added to his record.
In 2001, Dubey was charged with the murder of Santosh Shukla, a Kanpur BJP leader who was chased and shot dead inside a police station. Dubey "surrendered" in 2002 but was acquitted.
On Thursday, three police teams had gathered forces and headed to the village to arrest Dubey in a fresh case of attempted murder registered by a villager. After the case was registered, the teams went towards his home but the road was blocked by a JCB and as the policemen couldn’t take their jeeps ahead, they came out, and soon there was heavy firing from Vikas Dubey’s side which killed 8 policemen. Dubey has political links and was also a political party member in the past. It is believed that he had kept an armed group of henchmen around him which were also involved in the massacre.
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