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Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey, who was arrested in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain on Thursday, was killed in an encounter early on Friday, 10 July, the police confirmed.
Dubey was killed in the encounter when he tried to flee after a road accident, said Inspector General, Kanpur, Mohit Agarwal, reported news agency PTI.
Earlier on Friday, ANI had reported that one of the vehicles part of the convoy of the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) that was bringing back Dubey from Madhya Pradesh to Kanpur had overturned. Four policemen were reportedly injured in the accident.
‘Dubey Had 3 Bullet Injuries on His Chest’
Narrating the sequence of events, UP ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said:
“After the car overturned, Vikas Dubey tried to snatch a police weapon and attempted to flee, after which there was retaliatory fire by the police in which he was injured. He was declared dead after being taken to the hospital.”UP ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar, as quoted by ANI
Meanwhile, LLR Hospital (Hallet Hospital) Principal Dr RB Kamal said that Dubey had three bullet injuries on his chest and one on his arm. "The condition of three injured police personnel is stable. Bullets brushed by two of them," he added.
Week-Long Hunt to Nab Vikas Dubey
Dubey, the prime accused in the encounter and ambush in Kanpur that left eight cops dead, was arrested in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain on Thursday after almost a week-long hunt to nab him across three states. On Wednesday, it had been reported that he was spotted at a hotel in Haryana's Faridabad, but gave the police the slip.
The reward for information on the history-sheeter had also been doubled to Rs 5 lakh on Wednesday.
On Thursday, just before news of his arrest emerged, two aides of the UP gangster were killed in separate incidents.
Dubey was a well-known criminal with political links, with over 60 cases of murder, kidnapping, extortion and rioting in his name.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI.)