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World Furore after Indian police shoot gangster dead

13:52  10 july  2020
13:52  10 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Police in India say they have shot dead a man accused of killing eight policemen in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Vikas Dubey, who was on the run for nearly a week after the incident, was held in the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. Police said they were bringing him to Uttar

Police stand guard at a site in Kanpur where eight policemen were shot dead in an ambush by gunmen [File: AFP]. Vikas Dubey snatched a gun from officers after their vehicle overturned on a highway near the northern Indian city of Kanpur and tried to flee, said police officer Mohit Aggarwal.

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a person standing in front of a sign: Police said the car carrying Dubey overturned on a wet road and he tried to escape © - Police said the car carrying Dubey overturned on a wet road and he tried to escape

Indian police shot dead one of the country's most wanted gangsters Friday just a day after his dramatic arrest, sparking accusations of a staged extra-judicial killing.

Officials said Vikas Dubey, detained for the killing of eight police officers, was shot as he tried to escape a police vehicle while being driven to his home city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Within hours of TV stations carrying images of his bloodstained body lying in a hospital, rights lawyers and activists alleged that police had killed Dubey to prevent him revealing his connections with powerful people.

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New Delhi (Sputnik): On Thursday morning, dreaded criminal Vikas Dubey, wanted for the murder of eight policemen , was arrested after a nearly week-long chase in India ’s Madhya Pradesh. According to the police , he had come to the city of Ujjain to offer prays when he was nabbed by law enforcement.

The gangsters opened fire from rooftops, outnumbering and outgunning the police as around 30 officers arrived. Dubey himself managed to escape, while eight officers were killed. A massive manhunt was unleashed shortly afterwards, and the bounty on the notorious gangster was raised to Rs 5 lakh

"This is the most blatant case of extra-judicial killing. Dubey was a gangster terrorist who may have deserved to die. But (Uttar Pradesh) police have killed him to shut his mouth," Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan wrote on Twitter.

a group of people walking in the grass: Police arrive at the scene to investigate after the shooting of Dubey © - Police arrive at the scene to investigate after the shooting of Dubey

"Will we allow police to kill anyone without a court trial?" Utsav Bains, another Supreme Court lawyer, added.

Senior opposition Congress party leader Priyanka Gandhi said the people "protecting" Dubey were still free.

Dubey, aged about 50, was accused in more than 60 murders, attempted murders and other cases. He was said to have shot dead an Uttar Pradesh state minister inside a police station in 2001.

Despite those cases and his reputation for ruthlessness, Dubey has built considerable local political links over the past two decades.

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Police officers said that the gangster received a tip-off about this raid and was ready for the police team, with shooters firing from the roof. An additional police team, which was sent in to rescue the cops getting fired at, claimed they managed to shoot two of the gang members during a combing

India : 3 police officers suspended in Kanpur cop killing case. India : UP Police doubles bounty for arrest of Amar, aide of dreaded Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey, who killed 8 policemen , shot dead The police had recovered four pistols, including two taken away after last week's ambush in

On July 3, eight officers were gunned down when Dubey's gang staged an ambush on a police team aiming to arrest him.

A nationwide manhunt was launched, during which five of Dubey's associates -- including his bodyguard nephew -- were killed.

The gang leader finally gave himself up in a temple in Madhya Pradesh state on Thursday.

According to the police account, the car taking him to Kanpur early Friday overturned on a wet road and he tried to escape.

"Dubey has been killed in an exchange of fire after he snatched the pistol of our men and tried to flee after firing at them. Four of our men are also injured," Kanpur police inspector general Mohit Agarwal told reporters.

Nirjhari Sinha, founder of a civil rights organisation in Gujarat state, said his death had revived memories of staged killings there.

"History repeats," she wrote on Twitter. "Dead gangsters can't speak about their political patronage."

For decades, shoot-outs were staged to bypass India's judicial system when police battled armed separatist movements in West Bengal, Punjab, Kashmir and remote northeastern states.

More recently, suspects accused of violent crimes have died in custody. Last year, police in southern India shot dead four men accused in the horrific rape-murder of a 27-year-old woman.

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