Vikas Dubey, the infamous historysheeter whose attempted arrest led to a fierce gun battle in which eight cops died in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur early on Friday, had received a tip-off hours before the police raid, his accomplice Daya Shankar Agnihotri has revealed.

For the Uttar Pradesh Police, 47-year-old Vikas Dubey is a dreaded criminal, and the prime accused in the brutal murder of eight policemen in Kanpur Thursday night.

But residents of his village see him as a dabang (influential) neta, who always helped out people in need.

According to residents of Bikaru village in Kanpur, Dubey had good connections with all political parties and even local policemen.

Such is his influence in his village that not a single resident would utter a word against Panditji — Dubey’s local name.

Vikas Dubey

Picture : Vikas Dubey File Photo

Raju Kumar, a resident of the village, said whenever there used to be any election in the area, Dubey would remain at the centre of it.

The post of gram pradhan has remained in the grip of Dubey’s family for the last 15 years.

Villagers said leaders from all political parties would queue up to get his support.
That is why his photos with leaders of political parties are circulating in the social media.

‘Vikas Dubey operated like Maoists’: Police after bunker, explosives found in gangster’s demolished house

The police are looking for Vikas Dubey, who they believe slipped out of Uttar Pradesh before the state’s borders were sealed.

Vikas Dubey, head of the gang that laid a trap for the police team in Kanpur, operated like Maoists, a senior police officer said after huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from his house.

Notorious criminal Vikas Dubey's house and cars demolished by JCB

Picture : Notorious criminal Vikas Dubey’s house and cars demolished by JCB.

“A huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered from the residence of Vikas Dubey, during search.

Some of the weapons recovered are licensed under names of people associated with him, but they were used by Vikas.
This is similar to how naxals operate,” BK Srivastava, Superintendent of Police, Kanpur Rural told mediapersons on Sunday.

A bunker, two kg of explosives, six country-made pistols, 25 live rounds and shrapnels were found in Dubey’s house when it was demolished by the police.

“Heavy explosives were kept there, it could be so powerful that it would blow up the whole house.
He has about 12 licensed weapons in his family.

Vikas Dubey used to issue arms licenses in the name of people living with him and then used them for himself,” Srivastava added.

Kanpur inspector general (IG) Mohit Agarwal said that the bunker that Dubey built was stocked with items on which he and his men could have survived for days in case of a prolonged siege.

Police had taken the decision to pull down the house following inputs that the criminal had hidden firearms on the premises, he said.

The police are looking for Dubey, who they believe slipped out of Uttar Pradesh before the state’s borders were sealed.

UP’s Director General of Police (DGP) Hitesh Chandra Awasthy said that an alert has been sounded in all 75 districts of the state for the arrest of Dubey and the search for the gangster intensified.

Fifty dedicated teams and over 3,000 police personnel across the state have been deployed in a massive manhunt to nab the gangster.

Dubey is the main accused in the case in which eight policemen, part of a team whch had gone to arrest the gangster, were killed after being attacked by his men late on Thursday night.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 1 crore each ex-gratia for the families of the policemen who were killed in the Bikru village encounter.

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