8 cops in UP gunned down in failed raid

2 criminals killed in en­counter

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

Kanpur, July 3: Eight police per­son­nel, in­clud­ing a DSP, were gunned down in a vil­lage near the city by the hench­men of a crim­i­nal who lost two of them in a fire­fight later, of­fi­cials said on Fri­day.

Seven oth­ers, in­clud­ing a civil­ian, were in­jured in the at­tack from a rooftop on a police team af­ter it en­tered Bikru vil­lage past Thurs­day mid­night to ar­rest Vikas Dubey, a his­tory-sheeter who has faced about 60 crim­i­nal cases. The at­tack­ers fled, snatch­ing weapons from the dead and the wounded po­lice­men.

The police then sealed the en­tire area and be­gan a comb­ing op­er­a­tion, which led to an­other en­counter with Dubey’s men in Ni­vada vil­lage. There, police killed Prem Prakash and Atul Dubey, and re­cov­ered a snatched pis­tol.

They were look­ing for the other mem­bers of the gang and the rest of the weapons. The snatched weapons in­cluded an AK-47 ri­fle, an INSAS ri­fle, a Glock pis­tol and two .9mm pis­tols, a police spokesman said.

In­spec­tor Gen­eral (Spe­cial Task Force) Amitabh Yash claimed that the weapon used in the ini­tial at­tack was a ri­fle seized from Dubey by the STF when they ar­rested him in Luc­know’s Kr­ishna Na­gar in 2017.

The au­to­matic ri­fle was released into the cus­tody of some­one else by the court. Police said they will in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther into this.

Hours af­ter the at­tack, Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath came un­der flak from the Op­po­si­tion — in­clud­ing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi — over the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the state.

The failed police raid at Bikru fol­lowed the reg­is­tra­tion of an­other case against Vikas Dubey, who was ac­cused in 2001 of killing a se­nior BJP leader in 2001.

Ut­tar Pradesh DGP H.C. Awasthi said the criminals might have got an inkling of the raid.

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