The Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur crime that astonished the whole city, and the whole country, which is still in the thrilling mode as the main accused, Vikas Dubey, is far away from the cops’ nab. Vikas Dubey, the man in his 50’s, a history-sheeter, someone with heavy criminal records, charged against and accused for over 60 criminal cases, is said to be behind the gunning down of several policemen who were on their way to arrest him for his recent murder attempt case raised by a villager. 8 policemen died on the spot while 7 were injured and survived.
The tragedy that took place when the police team entered Bikaru village in Chaubepur police station area of Kanpur with an aim to arrest Dubey as a result of an attempt to murder case against him. Once outside his residence, the team was cunningly surrounded by assailants who started firing on them. An additional police team was sent to the scene immediately who tried to take control of the area and took the injured cops to the hospital which declared some policemen dead on arrival and critically injured. Among the dead were Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Devandra Kumar Mishra, and Shivrajpur Police Station Officer, Mahesh Yadav, with two sub-inspectors and four constables.
Although the assailants had fled the crime scene, two of them were later hunted down, injured and later declared dead. Dubey’s maternal uncle and his associate, Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey, were arrested, informed Jai Narain Singh, Additional Director General (ADG), Kanpur zone. A service pistol and a country-made pistol are reported to be the evidence found.
This man’s criminal record started building ever since 1990 with a case of murder, and took flight in 2000 when he was named in the murder of Siddheshwar Pandey, the then Principal and Assistant Manager of Tarachand Inter College, Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. In 2001, he was found to be a prime suspect in the killing of Santosh Shukla, the then Kanpur’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Minister in the Rajnath Singh Government of Uttar Pradesh. Shukla is said to have been chased and shot dead inside Shivli police station.
Vikas Dubey was said to be a very close associate of Harikishan Srivastav, a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Janta Dal and later joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Srivastav and Shukla were said to be rivals then which justifies the purpose of Shukla’s murder. Although Dubey surrendered to the cops the following year, he was still acquitted due to lack of evidence. It is reported that even the police who could have been the eyewitnesses refused to testify against him in the court.
Indian political traditions aren’t unknown or hidden. Dubey allegedly had connections with local political leaders as a result of which he has been acquitted more than a few times. Not only this, but the audacity this man had to stand up for Nagar Panchayat elections and even win during the time of Mayawati Government in 2002 while in jail, because of his strengthened relations with Bilhaur Shivrajpur, Chaubepur and Raina areas of Kanpur, doesn’t come as a shock at all.
Dubey is accused in a lot of crime including robbery and riots but murder seems to be his best skill. Even when in jail, in 2000, he has been accused of conspiring to murder Rambabu Yadav. He was also an accused in the murder of the Cable TV businessman, Dinesh Dubey, in 2004. Not only oppositions and enemies, Dubey has not even spared his family of his sickening trait. In 2018, he was accused of conspiring to kill his own cousin brother, Anurag, from Mati jail in Kanpur when his wife very confidently named him along with 3 other suspects.
On July 3, Friday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, paid tribute to the deceased officers and offered condolences to their families. A statement from the Chief Minister’s office said, “Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath ji has paid homage to the eight police personnel who sacrificed their lives while performing their duties in Kanpur Nagar district, While paying homage to the martyrdom of police personnel, the chief minister expressed his deepest condolences to their bereaved families. The chief minister has instructed the director general of police to take the strictest action against the culprits who have perpetrated this tragedy and provide an immediate report from the spot.”
Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief, Akhilesh Yadav, said that the incident that had taken place was one of the most shameful portrayals of the revelation of the nexus between criminals and those in power. “It is the dedicated personnel who have paid the price today.” Yadav tweeted expressing his gratitude. Several police teams have been formed to nab Dubey as soon as possible.