Kanpur: Opposition leaders on Friday suspected a foul play in the encounter of dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey and demanded a probe into the circumstances which led to his killing by the Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force (STF) officials in Kanpur.
The opposition leaders alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government is hiding "a deep secret" with regard to the killing of Kanpur encounter main accused Vikas Dubey on Friday. Samajwadi Party president and former state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav took a dig and stated that the encounter had saved the government from being overturned.
"Basically the car did not overturn, but the government has been saved from being overturned. The car overturned and Vikas Dubey tried to run. If he had to run, then why would he surrender. The secret is very deep," Yadav said in a tweet.
दरअसल ये कार नहीं पलटी है, राज़ खुलने से सरकार पलटने से बचाई गयी है.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) July 10, 2020
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh further went on to question the encounter and said that why were all three encounters "the same". Singh even asked the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for a judicial inquiry into the arrest or surrender of Dubey.
"I ask Shivraj ji for the judicial inquiry of the arrest/surrender of Vikas Dubey. The investigation must be done as to which politicians and police officials were in contact with him. Security of Vikas Dubey should have been ensured in judicial custody so that all the secrets could have been revealed. What we feared has happened," he said.
"Which political people, police, and other government officials were in contact with Vikas Dubey can no longer be exposed. In the last 3-4 days, two other colleagues of Vikas Dubey have also had encounters, but why is the pattern of the three encounters the same?" the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said.
जिसका शक था वह हो गया। विकास दुबे का किन किन राजनैतिक लोगों से, पुलिस व अन्य शासकीय अधिकारियों से उसका संपर्क था, अब उजागर नहीं हो पाएगा। पिछले 3-4 दिनों में विकास दुबे के 2 अन्य साथियों का भी एनकाउंटर हुआ है लेकिन तीनों एनकाउंटर का पैटर्न एक समान क्यों है?
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) July 10, 2020
Congress leader Jitin Prasada also wrote on the microblogging site, and said, "With the end of Vikas Dubey in custody the govt has ensured that the trail which would have exposed his nexus with people in positions of power who allowed criminals like him to flourish, has ended too."
Kanpur encounter main accused Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter with the police on Friday. Reacting to the development, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked "what about those who aided the criminal".
"The criminal is dead, but what about those who aided the criminal?" Priyanka tweeted.
अपराधी का अंत हो गया, अपराध और उसको सरंक्षण देने वाले लोगों का क्या?
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 10, 2020
BSP chief Mayawati demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the encounter killing of Vikas Dubey so as to expose the politician-police-criminal nexus in UP.
1. कानपुर पुलिस हत्याकाण्ड की तथा साथ ही इसके मुख्य आरोपी दुर्दान्त विकास दुबे को मध्यप्रदेश से कानपुर लाते समय आज पुलिस की गाड़ी के पलटने व उसके भागने पर यूपी पुलिस द्वारा उसे मार गिराए जाने आदि के समस्त मामलों की माननीय सुप्रीम कोर्ट की निगरानी में निष्पक्ष जाँच होनी चाहिए। 1/2
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) July 10, 2020
2. यह उच्च-स्तरीय जाँच इसलिए भी जरूरी है ताकि कानपुर नरसंहार में शहीद हुए 8 पुलिसकर्मियों के परिवार को सही इन्साफ मिल सके। साथ ही, पुलिस व आपराधिक राजनीतिक तत्वों के गठजोड़ की भी सही शिनाख्त करके उन्हें भी सख्त सजा दिलाई जा सके। ऐसे कदमों से ही यूपी अपराध-मुक्त हो सकता है। 2/2
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) July 10, 2020
Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s ruling party and BJP's estranged NDA ally - Shiv Sena - backed the UP Police over Vikas Dubey’s encounter. The party said that no questions should be raised on the police for killing a notorious criminal, who was a big threat to the law and order in the state.
The main accused in the Kanpur encounter Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter with the police on Friday. Dubey, the main accused in the Kanpur encounter case was arrested by the police in Ujjain on Thursday morning. He was on the run for the last several days and had come to Ujjain to offer prayers at Temple, where he was identified by a security guard at the shrine.
The gangster is the main accused in the encounter that took place in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur last week, in which a group of assailants allegedly opened fire on a police team, which had gone to arrest Dubey.
Eight police personnel were killed in the encounter. Dubey managed to escape, and the Uttar Pradesh Police then launched a hunt and raised the bounty on him to Rs 5 lakh.