Gangster Vikas Dubey arrested in Ujjain; 2 more of his aides killed in encounters

Vikas Dubey is the main accused in the ambush which killed eight police personnel last week in Kanpur.

'Main Vikas Dubey hoon Kanpur wala': UP gangster after arrested in Ujjain
NEW DELHI: Gangster Vikas Dubey, who was on the run for six days after he and his men gunned down eight policemen in Kanpur, was arrested from the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain on Thursday morning by the Madhya Pradesh police.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra confirmed the arrest of Dubey, adding that the Uttar Pradesh police was informed, but refused to go into the details of how exactly it took place

"Don't bring the temple into it. Inside the temple or outside it... he is arrested from Ujjain,” Mishra said.


Reports said Dubey entered the temple premises in the morning around 7:50 am and a guard on duty, Lakhan Yadav, recognised him. He was stopped on his way out of the temple premises and the police was called.

Another version is that Dubey shouted out his name in the temple premises, following which private security personnel present there apprehended him and informed the police.

The news of the arrest broke just hours after two more aides of Dubey were killed in separate encounters with the UP Police.
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5 Dubey aides gunned down so far

Kartikeya alias Prabhat was killed in Kanpur when he tried to flee from police custody after snatching the pistol of a policeman, while Praveen alias Bauwa Dubey was shot dead in an encounter in Etawah when he tried to resist arrest, UP Police said.

A total of five alleged gang members of Dubey have been killed so far in encounters by the police since July 2, the day the attack took place. The others gunned down were Amar Dubey, Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey. Police have identified 20 associates of Dubey who were with him during the attack.

Eight policemen, including a deputy superintendent of police, were gunned down by the gang last Friday when they went to arrest Vikas Dubey at his home in Bikru village in the Chaubeypur area of Kanpur.
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MP govt calls it 'achievement'

After the arrest of Dubey, Home Minister Mishra called it an "achievement", saying the police in the state were on high alert.
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, "Those who feel that after going to the Mahakal temple, their sins will be wiped out, they do not know about the Mahakal. Our government will not spare any criminals."

But Congress leader Digvijaya Singh questioned these claims, tweeting, " This looks like a staged surrender to save him from an encounter by the UP Police. From information available to me, this happened with the blessings of a senior leader of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. "

UP’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya meanwhile said it was the relentless pressure of the UP Police and the fear for it in the mind of Dubey that led to him being nabbed in Madhya Pradesh.
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