Hindustan Times (East UP)

Probe commission gives clean chit to UP Police in Vikas Dubey encounter

- HT Correspond­ents letters@hindustant­imes.com

LUCKNOW: The three-member inquiry commission probing the alleged encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey and five of his alleged associates has given a clean chit to Uttar Pradesh Police because of lack of evidence, a senior home department official aware of the developmen­ts said on Wednesday.

The inquiry commission­s, chaired by retired Supreme Court justice BS Chauhan, concluded that the July 2019 police encounter of the gangster outside Kanpur was above board, the official said. The other two members are former Allahabad high court judge Sashi Kant Agrawal and former UP director general of police (DGP) KL Gupta.

He said the commission noted in its report that no one from the public, media or Dubey’s family came forward to present any proof against the police or to challenge their claim.

One of the members of the commission said that the inquiry report was submitted to Uttar Pradesh’s home department and the Supreme Court on Monday after distilling the facts of the case for around eight-nine months since the panel was set-up. This person refused to get into the details of the findings.

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday reported 187 more deaths and 33,212 fresh Covid-19 cases, both figures the highest for a day in the state, according to official data.

The state’s death toll has now gone up to 10,346 and the total caseload stands at 94,2511.

Among the fresh cases, Lucknow recorded the most 5,902 infections, followed by Varanasi 2,564, Prayagraj 1,828, Kanpur 1,811, Meerut 1,273, Gorakhpur 987, Jhansi 873, Agra 581, Gautam Budha Nagar 536, Ghaziabad 465 and Moradabad 441.

Lucknow also recorded 21 more deaths, Kanpur 15, Varanasi 12, Gorakhpur 10, Prayagraj 6 and Gautam Buddha Nagar and Meerut four each. The state has 77,989 containmen­t zones at present.

Uttar Pradesh has tested 3,88,92,416 Covid-19 samples till now, including 2,25,269 in the last 24 hours. Till now, 6,89,900 patients have been discharged in the state, including 14,198 in the last 24 hours.

“The number of patients recovering is rising now and people should not be afraid,” said additional chief secretary (informatio­n) Navneet Sehgal at a press conference. He said 350 of 700 beds had already been readied at the Balrampur Hospital in the state capital.

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