Gangster Vikas Dubey has been killed in a road accident while being taken to Uttar Pradesh from Madhya Pradesh, where he was arrested yesterday, reports say.
Reports suggest the car that had Vikas Dubey overturned and he tried to escape. More details are awaited.
On the run since he organized the massacre of eight policemen in Kanpur last Friday, Vikas Dubey was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
Evading UP policemen on his trail, he drove 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.”
The arrest was reported hours after two of Dubey’s accomplices were shot dead by Uttar Pradesh police in separate encounters. One of them was arrested in 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.
Dubey’s wife and son were found in Lucknow and taken for questioning.
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. 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.