NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey, who made national headlines for killing eight police officers during a raid, has been killed in an encounter.
The Special Task Force (STF) cavalcade was bringing him back to Uttar Pradesh from Madhya Pradesh. He was shot dead by the police after he tried to escape following an accident involving one of the STF vehicles.
Police said that Vikas Dubey snatched a weapon from one of the policemen after the accident and ran to a nearby field.
Police asked him to surrender but it led to an exchange of gunfire and afterward, he was killed.
Kanpur Police said in a statement that police fired back in self-defense and Dubey was injured. He was taken to a hospital for treatment but succumbed to his injuries.
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, however, questioned the situation by asking if the UP government has been saved from toppling by secrets.
Dubey's escape from the raid was a reason for criticism and several sections asked if UP government was trying to preserve their reputation.
Before the raid, one of the corrupt officers tipped him off. Dubey's men fired back at the police with AK-47 and killed eight.
After escaping from the law, Dubey was finally arrested from a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.