Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey, accused of killing eight policemen last week, has been arrested in Madhya Pradesh after a nearly week-long chase involving the police across three states. Vikas Dubey was caught in Ujjain around the same time two of his aides were killed in separate encounters in UP. His closest aide, Aman Dubey, was killed on Wednesday.
Vikas Dubey was spotted at a temple around 8 am. A local shopkeeper reportedly alerted the police. When he emerged from the temple, security guards questioned him. “He produced a fake ID card and then there was a fight. The guards got him to the police,” said an officer.
Eight policemen were killed on Friday when they went in a large team to Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur to arrest Vikas Dubey. Dube was allegedly alerted about the raid by local policemen and had set up an ambush. When the policemen reached the village, Dubey and his men, armed with AK-47s, fired from rooftops. The notorious gangster escaped after the massacre. A massive hunt was launched and the bounty on him was raised to Rs 5 lakh.
The police inspector in charge of the police station near Dubey’s village has been arrested over allegations that he tipped off the gangster and regularly helped him escape the law. The police stepped up their search outside UP when Dubey was seen at a hotel in Faridabad near Delhi on Wednesday morning.
While the gangster escaped just before the police reached the hotel, police teams closed in on his aides. One gang member, Prabhat, arrested at the hotel, was shot dead reportedly when he tried to escape. He was being brought back to Kanpur with another man arrested along with him in a police van. The police said they were fixing the van’s flat tyre when Prabhat snatched a gun and tried to escape. He shot at the cops and the policemen retaliated, according to the police. “He was injured in the leg. He died in hospital,” senior police officer Prashant Kumar said. Another aide, Bauva Dubey was shot dead this morning in Etawah, around 220 km from state capital Lucknow.
There are about 60 criminal cases against Vikas Dube including murder, kidnapping, extortion and rioting.