Wanted gangster Vikas Dubey was arrested from Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain on Thursday. Vikas Dubey was the main accused in connection with the Kanpur ambush, in which 8 police personnel were killed on July 3. According to the police, Vikas Dubey was arrested from Ujjain's Mahakal temple. He was on the run after killing 8 policemen, including a deputy superintendent of police, in Bikru village in the Chaubeypur area of Kanpur, where the cops they had gone to arrest the gangster.
Vikas Dubey arrested: What we know so far
During the interrogation, Vikas Dubey told the police that he had received a tip-off from police sources about the raid in Kanpur.
He has revealed that he had dumped the bodies of the cops who were killed in the encounter on the intervening night of July 2 and 3 in a well and had even planned to set the bodies ablaze to destroy evidence. Dubey said he did not get time to do so and escaped from their instead.
- Gangster Vikas Dubey reached the temple around 8 am and then informed the security men about his identity and asked them to inform the police
- Gangster Vikas Dubey was said to be moving around with a mask in the temple vicinity. Police sources have said Vikas Dubey has been taken to an unidentified location for medical examination and questioning
- Initially, the police looked at Vikas Dubey as a suspect after they had noticed his clumsy walk
- Initial reports had suggested that a man had been arrested who had claimed to be Vikas Dubey. Later, the Madhya Pradesh Police confirmed that the arrested person is indeed Vikas Dubey - the most wanted gangster
- The Police have also found credible identity proof after the arrest which can affirmatively prove that the man arrested is Vikas Dubey
- Post his arrest, Vikas Dubey could be heard shouting "Mai Vikas Dubey hun Kanpur wala" (I am Vikas Dubey from Kanpur)
- Two lawyers from Lucknow have been detained in Ujjain. Both the lawyers had travelled to the city in a private vehicle and the police are now interrogating them
- Everything points to Vikas having travelled all the way from Faridabad to the high-security zone of Mahakaal to avoid being killed in police encounter
- On condition of anonymity, temple officials have said Vikas Dubey disclosed his name at the counter where he was giving money for donation and then asked them to inform the police
- Dubey apparently di not use any disguise to evade the police and neither did he have any arms since weapons are prohibited in the temple complex
- Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra confirmed the development. He told reporters that Dubey is in the state police's custody in Ujjain. The minister, however, did not confirm if the dreaded gangster, who was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on information leading to his arrest, was nabbed from within or outside the Mahakal temple premises
- Mishra said the details of his arrest and the related process would be made public by the police later
- Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and has personally informed him of Vikas Dubey's arrest
- The Uttar Pradesh police will now seek transit remand of the gangster and bring him to Kanpur
- Five persons have so far been killed in separate police encounters since the Kanpur ambush
- Late on Wednesday, two more aides of gangster Vikas Dubey, wanted in connection with the Kanpur ambush were gunned down in separate encounters in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday
- One of the aides, Kartikeya, had opened fire at the policemen accompanying him, injuring two Special Task Force (STF) personnel, and was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire
- The policemen had fired at him in self-defence post which Kartikeya was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead by the doctors
- Another associate of Vikas Dubey, wanted in connection with last week's Kanpur ambush, was killed in an encounter in Etawah. The deceased was identified as Praveen alias Bauwa Dubey
- Earlier, Amar Dubey was killed in Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur on Wednesday, while Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey were gunned down in an encounter in Kanpur on July 3