The special task force of Uttar Pradesh Police has released a detailed account of the circumstances leading up to Kanpur gangster Vikas Dubey’s encounter on Friday morning in response to allegations that it was staged to eliminate a criminal who could have possibly revealed uncomfortable details of an alleged police-criminal-politician nexus in the state.
The press statement says that an attempt by the “tired” driver of the vehicle, carrying Dubey, to save a herd of cows and buffaloes that suddenly came running across, led to its overturning. The statement adds that several policemen sitting inside the vehicle were temporarily knocked unconscious due to the impact, giving Dubey the opportunity to snatch inspector Ramakant Pachauri’s service revolver and jump out of the vehicle before attempting to escape.
“Accused Vikas Dubey was being brought back in a government vehicle by the Lucknow team of STF Uttar Pradesh, led by deputy police superintendent Shri Tej Bahadur Singh. During the journey, when the vehicle reached the national highway near Kanhaiya Lal Hospital in Kanpur district’s Sachendi police station limits, a herd of cows and buffaloes came running in front of the vehicle. The driver, who was tired due to the long journey (from Ujjain to Kanpur), steered the vehicle attempting to save the cattle, resulting in its overturning,” the statement in Hindi says.
The statement is an attempt to address disbelief expressed by several politicians and experts over UP police’s account of events this morning that led to Dubey getting shot dead. Experts and politicians alleged it to be an act of cover up to protect the high and mighty who may have enjoyed links with the dreaded gangster with more than 60 criminal cases against his name.
“It isn’t the car that had overturned; the government saved itself from overturning by preventing the secrets coming out,” said Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party leader, who was one among the many voices questioning the authenticity of the police account.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had