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Hours Before Killing, SC Petition Sought Protection For Vikas Dubey From “Fake Encounter”

The petition sought that adequate security should be provided to Vikas Dubey so that he can be brought to the court and due process of the law can be followed. 

New Delhi| The dramatic arrest and more sensational killing of dreaded UP Gangster Vikas Dubey has raised several questions. Not only has it led to opposition questioning whether it was a fake encounter, it has also raised question on how the UP Police handled this case.

Surprisingly enough, hours before the killing of Vikas Dubey in an encounter, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking his protection from a “Fake Encounter”.  Mumbai based advocate Ghanyshyam Upadhyay had filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Friday. The petition sought that adequate security should be provided to Vikas Dubey so that he can be brought to the court and due process of the law can be followed.

He had also requested the court to transfer the case to the CBI. The petition was filed a day after Vikas Dubey was nabbed by the police. At least eight other accomplices of his were either killed or arrested earlier. His right hand and nephew Amar Dubey was killed by police in a similar encounter when he was trying to flee the police. Two other aides were killed Thursday morning in a similar crossfire.

The petition raised concerns that Dubey might meet the same fate. “Killing of accused by police in the name of encounter is against the rule of law and serious violation of human right and this is nothing short of Talibanisation of the country,” the petition stated.

According to several reports, Dubey wanted to surrender and thus he chose Ujjain Mahakal temple premises where he himself asked the local security guard to inform the police. Even in front of the TV Cameras he made sure to shout “I am Vikas Dubey of Kanpur” so as to make clear that he has surrendered to the police.

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Late on Thursday night, Dubey was handed over to UP STF. On Friday morning, almost a kilometre away from Kanpur the vehicle from the police convoy in which Dubey was travelling skid off the road due to rain. Dubey then snatched a gun from the policeman and tried to run away. The police asked him to surrender but he refused and instead shot at them. In retaliatory fire, police fired shots in which he was injured. The videos from the incident show that the bullets hit him in the chest and on waist.

However, developments from the ground have led to questions on authenticity of the police’s versions of events.

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