Gangster Vikas Dubey was killed while trying to escape after a road accident, Uttar Pradesh police announced Friday, raising several questions about the morning encounter. Videos and testimonies have highlighted questions that the police have so far not answered.
Vikas Dubey, wanted for the murder of eight Uttar Pradesh police officers last Friday, was taken in a police convoy to Kanpur after his arrest yesterday in Madhya Pradesh when the incident took place. Just 30 km from Kanpur, one of the three convoy cars overturned on the highway.
UP police say it was the car in which Vikas Dubey was traveling.
The criminal removed a gun from an injured cop and attempted to escape, police said. He was surrounded and asked to surrender, but opened fire, forcing retaliatory fire, police said.
The incident raises these questions:
- Why was Vikas Dubey’s car changed? A few hours before the meeting, a video on a toll plaza at 4 a.m. showed him in another car, not the one that had overturned.
- Why did the media, following the police convoy, stop 2 km from the site where the accident and the encounter took place?
- Eyewitnesses say they heard gunshots but do not mention any accidents. They say the police asked them to leave.
- Why was a dangerous criminal charged in 60 cases, including the murder, not handcuffed? Police said that when the car overturned, Vikas Dubey managed to steal a gun, get out and run.
- The car overturned at a point where there was no barrier and there was a secondary road in the fields, the one that Vikas Dubey took while fleeing, according to the police.
A petition filed last night with the Supreme Court, which had asked for the protection of Vikas Dubey, requested an investigation by the CBI into the recent assassinations.