The Uttar Pradesh Government has recommended an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate into the properties of gangster Vikas Dubey, who was shot dead by police in July, The Filmy One reported on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Adityanath made the decision based on a report prepared by the Special Investigation Team suggesting that the Enforcement Directorate would investigate Dubey’s properties worth Rs 147 crore. The SIT, headed by Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, also said an investigation should be conducted into finding out the criminals’ source of income associated with Dubey, News18 reported.
Enforcement is already investigating the money laundering allegations against Dubey. In September, it had filed a case under the Money Laundering Prevention Act against the gangster and 10 of his employees, according to The Filmy One.
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Dubey was arrested in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh town on July 9 for the murder of eight police officers in a firefight in Bikru village in Kanpur earlier that month. He was killed in police custody on July 10.
The Special task force Uttar Pradesh Police had claimed it was transporting the car Dubey overturned after the driver tried to avoid a herd of cows and buffaloes, but one video shared on social media also showed that Dubey was in a Tata Safari when the convoy headed for Kanpur passed through a toll booth and not a TUV 300 – the vehicle found destroyed. Police also alleged that Dubey “tried to flee by taking the gun” from a police officer.
Several of the dead gangster’s aides were arrested by the Special Task Force or Kanpur Police. Five other accused in the case – Prabhat Mishra, Amar Dubey, Bauan Dubey, Prem Kumar Pandey and Atul Dubey – have been killed in separate encounters since July 3.
Dubey had more than 60 criminal cases against him, including murder and extortion. He has been arrested many times before, but not convicted in any of the cases.