Vikas Dubey’s aide Prabhat was arrested on Tuesday.
Two aides of notorious gangster Vikas Dubey, the main accused in the cold-blooded ambush and murder of eight policemen last week in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, were shot dead early Thursday morning in separate encounters in UP when they were trying to escape, police said.
Prabhat, one of the two aides, was arrested on Tuesday from Haryana’s Faridabad, about an hour away from Delhi, after Dubey was spotted at a hotel in the city. He was being brought back to Kanpur with another man arrested along with him when he tried to escape, according to the police.
“The cops who were with Prabhat were trying to change the police van’s tyre when Prabhat snatched a pistol from them and tried to escape. He shot at the cops and the policemen retaliated. He was injured in the leg and taken to a hospital where he died due to injuries,” senior police officer Prashant Kumar said.
Another aide shot dead this morning – Ranbir alias Bauva Dubey – had a bounty of Rs 50,000 on him. The encounter took place in Etawah, about 220 km from state capital Lucknow.
“At around 3 am, a Swift Dzire was looted by four armed men on a Scorpio. They were stopped about an hour later by cops when they tried to escape. The police chased them and an unidentified man suffered multiple injuries in crossfire. He was declared brought dead at the hospital,” senior police officer Akash Tomar said. The man was later identified as Ranbir, Dubey’s aide.
One pistol, a double barrel gun and several cartridges were recovered during the encounter. Three other men who were with Ranbir managed to escape.
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