Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, after coming under criticism over the law and order situation in the state following the Kanpur encounter, said today that those responsible for the killing of eight policemen last night wouldn’t be spared. He announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 1 crore and pension for the next of kin of the deceased cops and a government job for a member of each family.
Vikas enjoyed patronage of both BJP, SP — Yogi and Akhilesh may note
Yogi said that the ‘sacrifice’ of the policemen would not go in vain. Earlier, the opposition had criticised the state government for the ‘deteriorating’ law-and-order situation in India’s largest state. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said today people in Uttar Pradesh widely allege of nexus between the criminals and a bunch of powerful people in the state.
“In Kanpur encounter, eight of our policemen lost their lives and two criminals died. The sacrifice of our policemen won’t go in vain. People responsible for this, won’t be spared. The government will provide an ex gratia relief of Rs 1 crore each to the kin of the deceased, pension and a government job,” Chief Minister Yogi said.
The fact is that there are images of Dubey showing his connection with different political parties. In one of the photos, he is seen with the state’s law minister Brijesh Pathak. In another, which is of a poster asking for votes for his wife Richa Dubey for the district panchayat elections, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and former CM Akhilesh Yadav are seen.
The son of a farmer, Dubey lives in the village of Bikaru in Kanpur’s Chaubepur block. His house is reported to be like a fortress, with multiple cameras to keep a watch over any movement. His considerable wealth comes from brick kilns, schools and colleges — many of which he is alleged to have forcibly taken over.
Gangster Vikas Dubey had apparently led the police team to his trap last night. Based on a dubious tip-off when a team of cops raided his hideout, the gang was waiting for them after having placed an earthmover at the entrance of the lane of the house where the gang hid. As the policemen approached, they showered the men in uniform with bullets, killing the following personnel:
- DSP Devendra Mishra
- SI Mahesh Yadav
- SI Anup Kumar
- SI Babulal and
- Constable Sultan Singh
- Constable Rahul
- Constable Jitendra,
- Constable Babloo
In the firing, police managed to kill two gangsters. Seven others, including a civilian, were injured in the attack.
Yogi Adityanath had earlier today visited Kanpur to pay tributes to the slain policemen and offer condolences to their families.
Goons on a rooftop in Bikru village attacked the police team heading to arrest Vikas Dubey, a seasoned criminal with more than 60 criminal cases, post-midnight. The assailants snatched weapons from the dead and the wounded policemen after the ambush and fled.
They were later engaged in an encounter with cops, who sealed the entire area and started a combing operation leading to the second encounter with Dubey’s men in Village Nivada. While the police shot dead two of the criminals: Prem Prakash and Atul Dubey.
Search continues for the other members of the gang and the rest of the weapons snatched from the cops. The snatched weapons included an AK-47 rifle, an INSAS rifle, a Glock pistol and two .9mm pistols, a police spokesman said.
The raid at Vikas Dubey was carried out following a complaint alleging his involvement in an attempt to murder case. Dubey is also suspected of involvement in the murder of senior BJP leader — Santosh Shukla — inside a police station in 2001. Dubey already carries a reward of Rs 25,000 for his arrest.