India — Eight Policemen Killed in Kanpur Shootout

  • "Eight Police personnel died, four were injured, they are being treated at the hospital."
  • At least six police personnel have also been injured in the encounter who have been admitted to the Regency Hospital in Kanpur.
  • The police team which went to capture Vikas Dubey, was attacked by miscreants after midnight on Thursday.

Eight policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, have been killed after being fired upon by two criminals early Friday morning. According to police officials, many policemen have also been injured. A large number of police forces have been deployed at the scene.

Kanpur is a metropolis in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. It is the 12th most populous city and the 11th most populous urban agglomeration in India.

“We have started the combing operation. Eight Police personnel died, four were injured, they are being treated at the hospital. Police from neighboring districts Kannauj and Kanpur Dehat have also been called,” JN Singh, ADG Kanpur zone, said.

State Director General of Police Hitesh Chandra Awasthi said, “the police had gone to Dikru village in Chaubepur police station area to arrest a vicious criminal and history-sheeter in Kanpur town. Criminals had already closed the way to stop the police.” DGP HC Awasthi said:

“Case under Sec 307 was lodged against history-sheeter Vikas Dubey, Police had gone to arrest him. JCBs were put up there which obstructed our vehicles. When Force got down, criminals opened fire. There was retaliatory firing but criminals were at a height, so our 8 men died.”

At least six police personnel have also been injured in the encounter who have been admitted to the Regency Hospital in Kanpur. The condition of a policeman is said to be very critical. DGP Awasthi said that 60 cases have been registered against Vikas Dubey.

In the same connection, the police had gone to Bikaru, his village, to catch Vikas Dubey, where he had an encounter with the police team.

Search Operation in Progress

Vikas Dubey was the prime accused in the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Santosh Shukla, who had been given the rank of a minister of state, inside the Shivli police station in 2001. There are 60 cases, including that of murder, robberies and kidnappings, against Vikas Dubey.

Kanpur Inspector General of Police Mohit Aggarwal told reporters that the police team, which went to capture Vikas Dubey, was attacked by miscreants after midnight on Thursday. According to him, “killers fired at the police from the roof of the houses. The police also opened fire in self-defense. Eight policemen died in the shootout.”

Several police officers, including Director General of Police Jayanarayan Singh, Inspector General of Police Mohit Aggarwal, and Senior Superintendent of Police Dinesh Kumar P, reached the spot as soon as the information of the incident was received and the police force surrounded the village.

The police force has surrounded the village from all sides and search operation has been started in the village. According to the police, mobile phones of more than a hundred people who have contacted Vikas Dubey have been put on surveillance.

Apart from Kanpur Nagar, the police force has also been called from Kanpur Dehat and Kannauj districts. Vikas Dubey was also accused of killing Santosh Shukla, chairman of the Labor Contracts Board in the year 2003, but was acquitted by the court in this case. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed the Director-General of Police of the state to take strict action against the culprits who carried out the incident and provide an immediate report.

Local journalist Pravin Mohta in Kanpur says:

“In 2001, Vikas Dubey was accused of sneaking inside the police station and killing BJP Minister of State Santosh Shukla. Santosh Shukla’s murder was a high profile murder. After such a big crime. Neither did any policeman testify against Vikas. No evidence could be produced against Vikas Dubey in the court, which led to his release.”

Apart from this, Vikas Dubey was also named in the case of the murder of Siddheshwar Pandey, assistant manager of Tarachand Inter College located in Shivli police station area of ​​Kanpur in the year 2000.

According to reports lodged at the police station, Vikas Dubey was also accused of conspiring in the murder of Rambabu Yadav in the year 2000 itself. It is being told that this conspiracy was hatched by Vikas from the jail itself.

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