Kanpur police have arrested a distant relative of a gangster Vikas Dubey in connection with the shooting of eight police personnel during a raid on Bikru village near Kanpur on the intervening night of 2 and 3 July. With this, the police have arrested all suspects.
Investigating officer and Kotwali Station House Officer (SHO) Sanjeev Kant Mishra said the role of 23-year-old Vipul Dubey came to light during the investigation. Police claimed he was one of the people who shot at police in Bikru. Deputy Superintendent of Police Devendra Mishra was one of the murdered police officers.
Mishra said police had raided to arrest Vipul, whose house was near Vikas Dubey’s house, since his name turned up, but he continued to go into hiding. A reward of Rs 50,000 was also announced for information leading to his arrest.
On Thursday, Vipul was arrested from Kanpur’s Sacheti area while attempting to change his location. Police claimed to have taken possession of a land-made gun and a motorcycle. The 23-year-old has no criminal record, according to the police.
On July 2, the police team went to Bikru village to arrest Vikas Dubey in a case of attempted murder. They were ambushed and suffered heavy losses. The shootout lasted into the early hours of the next day, and the following week Dubey was shot dead in a shootout with police that was reportedly organized. Five of the gangsters were also killed in separate alleged encounters in the weeks after the botched robbery.
In October, the police filed suit against 36 people, including two police officers. The police officers are then Choubeypur SHO Vinay Tiwari and Sub-inspector KK Sharma. Both were suspended and arrested for allegedly tipping Dubey about the raid.