Vikas Dubey, the Uttar Pradesh gangster accused of killing eight policemen last week, was on Friday hit by four bullets in the retaliatory firing by members of the Special Task Force (STF) who tried stop him from escaping near Kanpur city, news agency ANI reported.
The 48-year-old gangsterwas shot at by the police teamwhen he tried to escape after the vehicle he was travelling in met with an accident amid heavy rain in the region. The STF team was bringing him back to Kanpur from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain city.
He was arrested outside the Mahakal Temple in Ujjain on Thursday and was being brought to Kanpur.
“Vikas Dubey had three bullet injuries on the chest and one on his arm,” Dr RB Kamal, the principal of Kanpur’s LLR Hospital, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Dr Kamal said the condition of the three injured police personnel is stable and that bullets brushed by two of them.
According to a police statement, there was an encounter as Vikas Dubey tried to escape when the sports utility vehicle (SUV) overturned early in the morning.
Vikas Dubey, it said, snatched a pistol from one of the policemen after the accident and tried to run away. He reached a nearby field, was surrounded and asked to surrender.
When he refused to surrender and fired at the team, police personnel shot at the gangster in self-defence, the statement in Hindi said.
Prashant Kumar, UP additional director general of police (law and order) said three sub-inspector,