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Vikas Dubey’s encounter raises more questions than it answers

New Delhi: Dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey while being brought to Uttar Pradesh from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh was gunned down by the UP STF early morning on Friday in Kanpur. The police said that Dubey tried to escape after the vehicle in which he was travelling with the police party overturned.

A day before Prabhat, another close aide of Vikas Dubey was gunned down by UP Police after he was arrested from Faridabad in Haryana. UP Police said that Prabhat tried to flee after the tyre of the vehicle burst. However, questions are being raised on the back-to-back encounters.

“If these are coincidences, they are rare. Questions should be raised on every encounter. There would be an inquiry under the supervision of IG and ADG-level officers followed by a magisterial probe. Rule of law is supreme and everyone including criminals have rights,” UP ex-DGP Vikram Singh said.

Asked why would Vikas try to run away when he himself turned up at Ujjain and got himself arrested Vikram Singh said, “It depends what came to his mind when the vehicle overturned, the criminal goes by instincts.” However, ex-Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that every case should be looked into with a wider perspective and there could not be a set rule to see all cases within the same prism.

“I feel every encounter breaks the morale of the criminals. When such news spreads among the criminals, it gives a strong message. They look for cover and go underground,” said Neeraj Kumar.

Another former Delhi Police Commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma who is also the author of a book ‘Biting the Bullet’ in which he penned down his experiences as a police officer and talked about various encounters including that with infamous gangter Phoola Singh in Dhaulpur, Rajasthan in which more than a dozen criminals were killed in a 22-hour shootout.

Backing police action former Supreme Court judge Justice A K Patnaik has said that gangster Vikas Dubey, who was killed Friday morning after being critically injured in an alleged shootout with STF officials, was a threat to the rule of law and the police action was justified. Patnaik said he does not think that the police action was wrong.

Meanwhile no one has so far turned up to claim the body of gangster Vikas Dubey, even hours after he was killed in a police ‘encounter’ about 30 km from the city on Friday morning. The autopsy on the body was over at the post-mortem centre in Kanpur city, a police official said on the condition of anonymity.

Many believe that Vikas Dubey would have been instrumental in unearthing the network between gangsters, politicians and policemen. His encounter also abruptly brought a full stop to the possibility of exposing the nexus.

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