Kanpur Shootout Case: Vikas Dubey’s Political Connections Kept Him Protected

Uttar Pradesh’s most wanted gangster Vikas Dubey’s name did not figure in the STF list because of his strong political ties, despite 71 criminal cases registered against him.

Jessica David

July 7, 2020

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The political connections of Vikas Dubey, the main accused in the brutal killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur on Friday (July 3), were so strong that his name did not figure in the list of top ten criminals of the district despite 71 criminal cases registered against him. His name also does not figure in the STF (Special Task Force) list of over 30 top criminals of the state that was released earlier this year. Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dinesh Kumar said he became aware that the police team was going to arrest an accused, with Circle Office Bilhaur heading the operation but admitted that he was not aware of Vikas Dubey’s criminal antecedents.

The SSP, who took over the charge just a few days ago, has now ordered that all lists of criminals be updated without delay. Vikas Dubey’s stature as a hardened criminal was not known to the people of the state despite several cases as he was a “quiet operator.” Dubey came into limelight when he killed BJP leader Santosh Shukla inside Kanpur’s Shivli Police Station. At the time of his murder, Shukla was Minister of State in Uttar Pradesh government.

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