11 July 2020 00:39

Vikas Dubey

Vikas Dubey, suspect in eight officer deaths, killed by Indian police

Vikas Dubey, top crime suspect in deaths of 8 Indian police officers, killed in shootout LUCKNOW, India — The top suspect in the ambush killings of eight police officers last week and dozens of other crimes was fatally shot in police custody Friday while allegedly trying to flee, officials said. Vikas Dubey snatched a revolver 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. Police in the past four days killed six of Dubey's alleged accomplices in helping him evade arrest, said Avneesh Awasthi, a state government spokesman. Amarnath Aggarwal, an opposition Congress party leader, accused police of planning the killing of Dubey. A report last month by a New Delhi rights group, the National Campaign Against Torture, said at least 1,731 people died in custody during 2019, which means five custodial deaths a day.

In December last year, police shot dead four men suspected of raping and killing a young female veterinarian in southern India after investigators took them to the crime scene. Ghanshyam Upadhayay, a Mumbai-based lawyer, had petitioned India's Supreme Court on Thursday for the killings of Dubey's alleged accomplices to be investigated. The New Delhi Television channel reported that police had stopped media cars following the police convoy on the highway half an hour before Dubey was killed. Last week, police sought to arrest Dubey and others accused of being in his criminal gang. Dubey was allegedly involved in 60 cases of killings, robberies and kidnappings.

Among them was the killing of local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Santosh Shukla in a police station in 2001. Politicians and gangsters are experts when it comes to buck-passing, as we are seeing in the strange case of Vikas Dubey and the encounter that left him dead. In Mumbai, we are used to looking for movie/showbiz references in real life, which is why we are wondering why those who are involved in this drama couldn't have hired a more competent script-writer. Gangster Vikas Dubey was killed while trying to escape after a road accident, said the Uttar Pradesh police My favourite cinematic moment from the story is the rehearsed heroism of Constable Vijay Rathore, who 'slapped' the back of the gangster's head when the criminal had the audacity to bellow, "Main Vikas Dubey, Kanpur-wala" before being arrested outside the Mahakal temple in Ujjain. Vikas Dubey was arrested dramatically yesterday at the famous Mahakal temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh Here's a man called Vikas Dubey, hanging around with several VVIPs, who seem entirely comfortable in his presence while posing for pictures which appear idhar udhar.

It is the perfect setting for men like Vikas Dubey to flourish in - after all, what use is a henchman if he can't deliver lolly and bodies? The car in which Vikas Dubey was being taken overturned on the highway Vikas Dubey, in his 50s, had over 60 criminal cases against him, including murder, kidnapping and extortion Vikas Dubey wanted to put Kanpur on the map. We were hoping the freeze shot would be a close up of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath feigning shock at the news of Vikas Dubey's bloody end. Vikas Dubey, dead or alive, is a symptom of malignancy in the polity — of criminalisation of politics and democracy being subjugated to the power of money and muscle. The killing of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu in police custody might seem far removed from the death in police custody of a notorious criminal whose men had gunned down eight policemen.

Santosh Shukla was a minister in the BJP-led government headed by Rajnath Singh when, in 2001, Shukla was shot dead, allegedly by Vikas Dubey, inside a police station at Shivli. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have a history of Bahubali — musclemen who become local extortionists, criminals and champions of their caste's social power — turning into political leaders and using the levers of state power to further their criminal enterprise and suppress rivals. One fallout of gangster Vikas Dubey's hide and seek with the police and eventual 'encounter' killing in Uttar Pradesh has been a resurgence of Brahmin pride and Brahmin victimhood. For many social media users, Vikas Dubey wasn't just a gangster. And so, Dubey's killing has ignited a turf war led by Brahmins against the Thakur community in Uttar Pradesh.

'You just didn't kill Vikas Dubey, you actually killed the faith of Brahmins. You killed our Vishwas, not Vikas. Be it on Facebook or WhatsApp or Twitter, social media has been littered with such posts and videos since Vikas Dubey's encounter killing Friday morning. They are listing out instances where a Brahmin was killed or murdered, and are praising the criminals from the community, calling those like Vikas Dubey as 'Brahmin Bahubalis'. People were hoping that Vikas Dubey, who was arrested Thursday from a temple in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain a week after eight police officers were killed in a shootout in Kanpur, would spill the beans on his connection with top political leaders in Uttar Pradesh, including those from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also read: Don Dubey encounter: A death foretold, dead men's tales, dodgy plots, lost secrets & more… Until Thursday, social media was flooded with memes of the Brahmin gangster, lauding how he fooled the media, the police and the Adityanath government. Also read: Kanpur ambush to Vikas Dubey 'encounter' — retracing events that unfolded in last one week An important aspect of the social media posts 'celebrating' Vikas Dubey is the veneration of warrior sage Parshuram. The Brahmin community now sees a question mark over its presence and is unnerved by the shift in power base, at least in Uttar Pradesh. Vikas Dubey killed Brahmin police officers, the officers who tipped him off were also Brahmins and the place where the Kanpur shootout happened is named Chaubeypur — all this signifies Brahmin dominance. And the killing of Vikas Dubey, in the eyes of Brahmins, only deepens this sense of losing 'power'. Perhaps it is such sentiment that translates into the community members invoking what they must do — "All Brahmins must become Vikas Dubey now". News media is in a crisis & only you can fix it You are reading this because you value good, intelligent and objective journalism. For us to continue bringing quality journalism, we need readers like you to pay for it. On Thursday, when the police reached the Bikru village to inform family members about Amar's death in an encounter, they received information that his father Sanjeev was still alive.