Kanpur encounter: Eight UP cops killed, gangster Vikas Dubey escapes

Kanpur encounter: Eight UP cops killed, gangster Vikas Dubey escapes

Kanpur/Lucknow I Eight police personnel, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), were killed during an encounter in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. The incident happened around 1.15 am when the Kanpur police team had gone to Bithoor’s Dikru village in Chaubepur police station area to raid history sheeter Vikas Dubey’s house. According to sources, the criminal had prior information about the police’s raid and the team was ambushed.

Vikas Dubey, a notorious criminal, was acquitted by a sessions court in linking with the murder of BJP leader Santosh Shukla at a Shivli police station in Kanpur in 2001.

The common people of Uttar Pradesh believe that criminals are controlled in the state, but this encounter has proved that the criminal rashness in the state are not yet completely defeated.

According to information received from the Kanpur police, a case under section 307 (Attempt to murder) was filed by Rahul Tiwari against Vikas Dubey on Thursday night. When the Kanpur police team were leading the operation, it was first disrupted by JCB earthmoving machines which were put up on the path and blocked their way. After that the police team get down from their vehicles

Suddenly the criminals started firing on the cops. The police also retaliate but the criminals were on rooftop.

ADG Law & Order Prashant Kumar visited the encounter spot. All the borders in Kanpur division have been sealed following the attack. Director General of Police H.C. Awasthi said,“The Kanpur STF is already at work. A large-scale operation is being carried out.”

CM Yogi Adityanath has conveyed condolences to the families of the eight police personnel who died on duty. Yogi has directed DGP of state, to take strict action against criminals.

Yogi Adityanath has directed DGP HC Awasthi to take strict action against criminals and has also sought report of the incident.

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav too offered his condolence on the incident and tweeted: “Tribute to the martyrdom of 8 policemen in the tragic incident in Kanpur! This shameful incident in Uttar Pradesh where a nexus between political bigwigs and criminals has cost dutiful officers.”

Congress General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, condemned the killings of the eight policemen in Kanpur. She offered her condolences to the family members. Priyanka also tweeted, “Law and order in UP have deteriorated. Neither the common man nor the police is safe. The CM has responsibility for law and order”.