Kanpur: Uttar Pradesh Police has launched a manhunt to nab gangster Vikas Dubey after eight policemen were killed during a bid to arrest him in Kanpur Dehat on Thursday night. A history-sheeter accused in over 60 criminal cases, including murder, Dubey was hiding in Kanpur's Bikru village under the jurisdiction of Chaubeypur police station.
On Saturday morning, the Kanpur administration demolished Vikas Dubey's home in Bithoor. Visuals of a JCB moving among the debris of his home and two smashed SUVs are currently doing rounds on social media.
The demolition was carried out in the presence of a large police contingent. At the time, most homes in the area were locked and only a few could be spotted around what was the gangster's residence until yesterday.
In a slew of actions against Dubey, the concerned agencies are preparing to attach all of his properties and possessions. Vikas Dubey's listed bank accounts are also likely to be seized within the day. Kanpur Inspector General (IG) Mohit Agarwal has also announced a reward of Rs 50,000 in exchange for any information that could lead to Dubey's arrest.
Responding to the demolition, Kanpur IG Mohit Agarwal said, "It was a hub of crime. Most of the villagers have said that he (Dubey) grabbed people's land using muscle power, and built his house. He used to extort money from people."
Station House Officer (SHO) of the Chaubeypur police station, Vinay Tiwari was suspended earlier on Saturday based on intel that he may have tipped off Dubey about the raid beforehand. SHO Tiwari was questioned by the Special Task Force (STF) on Friday evening and is likely to be at the business end of an FIR.
More than 25 teams of police officers have been formed to track down Dubey's known associates for information of his whereabouts. According to inputs, 12 people have been placed in custody since Friday morning and are being interrogated round the clock. These are the same people who were in contact with Vikas Dubey in the 24 hours leading up to the police raid on Thursday night.
On the night of June 2, a team of policemen managed to trace Vikas Dubey to Bikru village in Kanpur Dehat. However, they were met with heavy resistance by Dubey's associates. The exchange of gunfire resulted in the deaths of 8 policemen, including a deputy superintendent of police. At the same time, 7 other policemen suffered injuries. In the chaos that ensued, Vikas Dubey fled the spot.