New Delhi: Gangster Vikas Dubey, wanted in connection with the killing of eight policemen in Kanpur, has been arrested in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, according to reports.
Eight policemen, including a deputy superintendent of police, were killed in Bikru village in the Chaubeypur area of Kanpur on July 3. They were on their way to arrest Dubey, who has a long criminal record but received patronage from almost every political party in Uttar Pradesh. He was allegedly alerted by a police source about his impending arrest.
The police had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information that leads to his arrest.
Reports say he visited the Mahakal temple in Ujjain and offered prayers. A guard at the temple reportedly alerted the police, after which he was arrested.
Madhya Pradesh’s minister Narottam Mishra said the arrest is a ‘big success’ for the state’s police. Two associates of the gangster have also been arrested, according to police.
Vikas Dubey has been arrested from Mahakal Temple, Madhya Pradesh . “It is a big success for police, MP police were on alert to arrest the cruel killer Vikas Dubey” says Narottam Mishra, Madhya Pradesh Minister.#VikasDubey pic.twitter.com/BXDcPpAV5S
— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) July 9, 2020
According to The Hindu, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan spoke to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath, informing him that Dubey will soon be handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police.
In a tweet, Chouhan said that Dubey’s “sins cannot be washed away by taking shelter at the Mahakal temple”. “Our government is not going to spare any criminal,” he said.
जिनको लगता है की महाकाल की शरण में जाने से उनके पाप धूल जाएँगे उन्होंने महाकाल को जाना ही नहीं।
हमारी सरकार किसी भी अपराधी को बख्श्ने वाली नहीं है…
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 9, 2020
The Uttar Pradesh police have so far killed five persons associated with Dubey in separate police ‘encounters’.
On Thursday, two aides of the gangster were gunned down in separate encounters in Uttar Pradesh. While Kartikeya alias Prabhat was killed in Kanpur when he tried to flee from police custody, another aide of Vikas Dubey, Praveen alias Bauwa Dubey, was shot dead in an encounter in Etawah.
Kartikeya, who was arrested from Faridabad on Wednesday, was being brought to Kanpur on transit remand when he snatched the pistol of a policeman and tried to flee, ADG, Law and Order Prashant Kumar said.
“The encounter took place in the Panki area of Kanpur when a police team was bringing Kartikeya alias Prabhat from Faridabad to Kanpur on transit remand. The police vehicle had a flat tyre. Taking advantage of the situation, Kartikeya tried to flee after snatching the pistol of a policeman,” he said.
Note: This is a developing story and details will be added when more information is available.
(With PTI inputs)