Some shocking news coming out of Northern India instead of eight policemen nabbing criminals they are the ones targeted in a deadly shootout. A deputy superintendent and three sub-inspectors, were killed during an encounter by outlaws in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district early on Friday.
The police were on the look out for Vikas Dubey, a notorious gangster, accused of attempt to murder by a villager. They were about to conduct the raid on the basis of that first information report (FIR) in Bikru village under Chaubepur police station area of Kanpur district. They were also looking for hired shooters who killed a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, Pintoo Sengar, and were hiding in Bikru. Sengar was killed in Kanpur’s Chakeri on June 18. Kanpur Police had arrested three key accused in the case from Chindwara in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. Deputy superintendent of police Devendra Mishra, sub-inspectors Mahesh Yadav, who was the station officer of Shivrajpur, Anup Kumar, Babulal and constables Sultan Singh, Rahul, Jitendra and Babloo all were killed in the firing.
Five other policemen were also injured in the firing. Vikas Dubey and his team had put up roadblocks by parking a heavy earthmover on roads leading to the Bikru village. As the police team approached the spot, the criminals began indiscriminate firing from rooftops. The passage to the area was blocked by parking a heavy earthmover as the police team approached the spot and the criminals began indiscriminate firing from rooftops.
According to the Director General of Police HC Awasthi “There was retaliatory firing but criminals were at a height, so eight of our men died,” There were empty shells of AK 47 carbines from the rooftops. Two of Vikas Dubey’s men have been gunned down in Nivada village. Police have also taken his brother-in-law, Dinesh Tiwari, into custody for questioning. Vikas Dubey, who has has been charged in 60 criminal cases, was involved in the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Santosh Shukla, who had been given the rank of a minister of state, inside the Shivli police station in 2001.
He was later exonerated in the case. Officials said all borders of the Kanpur division, made up of six districts, have been sealed. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has paid his tributes to the eight police personnel and asked the director general of police (DGP) to take toughest of action against those responsible for the firing.
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