NEW DELHI: The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police said that
gangster Vikas Dubey
was killed in an ‘encounter’ on Friday morning after ‘he tried to escape’ and was shot by the police. The encounter expectedly drew a flurry of reactions. While some said that Dubey got what he deserved, given his long list of crimes and last week’s ambush that killed eight UP policemen, others called the encounter a failure on part of UP Police hindering the process of justice that was due for Dubey in a court of law.
Here is who said what:
Father of martyred constable thanks UP Police
I am very proud of the Uttar Pradesh Police. Whatever they have done today has brought solace to my soul. I thank the administration and the Yogi government, said Tirath Pal, father of constable Jitendra Pal Singh who lost his life in an encounter at Bikru village in Kanpur on July 3.
Satisfied but who backed Dubey: Asks wife of martyred constable
I’m satisfied. But now how will it come into fore as to who were backing him (Vikas Dubey), asked Urmila Verma, wife of constable Sultan Singh who lost his life on July 3 while trying to catch Dubey. Urmila said that Dubey could have been investigated.
I’m satisfied. But now how will it come into fore as to who were backing him (Vikas Dubey)? It could have been unra… https://t.co/b9jBNHiIlG
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) 1594358752000
Samajwadi Party claims political motive behind Dubey’s encounter
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav taking to Twitter said that the gangster was killed on purpose to keep his political connections hidden.
दरअसल ये कार नहीं पलटी है, राज़ खुलने से सरकार पलटने से बचाई गयी है.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) 1594350909000
Rais Shaikh, a Samajwadi Party leader, said that the details of how the encounter took place is a poorly written script inferencing that the police was lying about Dubey being shot while trying to escape.
Please find a better script next time.#VikasDubeyEncounter
— Rais Shaikh (@rais_shk) 1594353888000
What about those who aided the criminal: Congress
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to ask, “what about those who aided the criminal”.
अपराधी का अंत हो गया, अपराध और उसको सरंक्षण देने वाले लोगों का क्या?
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1594353831000
Congress spokesman Surendra Rajput said: “Our fears have come true. After his surrender in Madhya Pradesh yesterday, I had voiced my apprehension whether Vikas Dubey would be brought back safely. The encounter theory of the STF is surprisingly similar. Both Prabhat (who was killed in an encounter on Thursday) and Vikas were killed in police custody. The entire episode calls for a high-level inquiry.”
Senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada said: “With the end of Vikas Dubey in custody, the government has ensured that the trail which would have exposed his nexus with people in positions of power who allowed criminals like him to flourish, has ended too.”
Congress leader Asha Kumari said that the encounter was a failure of law and order in the state.
Criminal killed, but his crimes live on! Just when you thought law & order in UP cannot take a further hit, you are… https://t.co/DWogMongmO
— Asha Kumari (@AshaKumariINC) 1594358415000
Encounter was a staged drama: RLD leader
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary calling the encounter a “drama” said that it was all staged to protect the real culprits who were responsible for the killing of eight policemen in the July 3 ambush.
8 पुलिसकर्मियों के हत्या के असली अपराधियों को बचाने के लिए ये सब ड्रामा रचा गया है!
— Jayant Chaudhary (@jayantrld) 1594352068000
Dubey should have been tried in court: Om Prakash Rajbhar
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar on Friday said that gangster Vikas Dubey should have been punished after a trial in court and alleged that he had been killed so that the government can hide its incompetence.
“He (Vikas Dubey) has been killed so that the government can hide its incompetence. He was a criminal and should have been punished. He should have been punished under the rule of law after a court trial,” Rajbhar told ANI.
STF founder questions ‘script writers’
A senior police officer, who has been one of the founding officers of the STF in Uttar Pradesh, said that it does not make sense for someone to surrender on Thursday and try to escape on Friday, reported IANS. “The Special Task Force (STF) now has very bad scriptwriters and the Vikas Dubey story proves it. Why would someone, who had surrendered on Thursday in Madhya Pradesh to escape being killed, try to escape on Friday,” said the officer as reported by IANS.
Petition was filed hours before encounter
Hours before Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter, a petition in the Supreme Court demanded urgent listing for action into the possible “killing” of Dubey by UP Police since other accused involved were killed in an encounter. Petitioner demanded a CBI monitored probe in the encounter of four other co-accused who had killed UP police officials. The plea had mentioned the possibility of the petition being rendered infructuous if not listed urgently.
Twitterati say they saw it coming
Writer Sanjukta Basu questioning the functioning of the STF team said that the police was transporting a high-profile criminal and could have used modern tech like drones to record the journey.
People love gangsters movies, heist movies. Know all about how a wanted criminal can be transported. How Go Pro / D… https://t.co/0BvGkhu4PR
— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) 1594355217000
Tehseen Poonawalla said that he was among those who had predicted that Dubey might be killed in an encounter and questioned the current state dispensation under chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
In Video:Gangster Vikas Dubey shot in chest