By Dikhya Mohanty
At least 8 police personnel, including Deputy SP Devendra Mishra, were killed and seven cops were injured when the police team had gone to raid an area in search of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey where they were fired upon by criminals.
Vikas Dubey who has been charged in 60 criminal cases and was the prime accused in the murder of BJP leader Santosh Shukla who had been given the rank of a minister of state, inside the Shivli police station in 2001 and two policemen were also killed in that attack.
He was also named in the murder of Siddheshwar Pandey, the principal and assistant manager of Tarachand Inter College, in 2000. He had joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and was elected as a member of the Nagar Panchayat.
The raid was carried out at around 1 am on the middle night of July 2-3 in Bithoor’s Dikru village in Chaubepur police station area in Kanpur.
As the police team was about to go to the hideout of Dubey, they were under attack of his men who were already prepared with arms on the rooftop of a building.
With the shootout, Deputy SP Devendra Mishra, three sub-inspectors, and four constables were dead. The police suspect that Dubey and his men were already alert regarding the rain and were fully prepared beforehand.
Among the deceased included 1 DSP, 3 Sub-Inspector, and 4 constables. The other four policemen, who received bullet shots and were injured in the ambush, were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in a critical state.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his condolence to the families of the eight police personnel who lost their lives in this gruesome incident at Kanpur.
He has directed DGP HC Awasthi to take strict action against criminals and has also queried a report of the incident. The CM is constantly in touch with DGP Awasthi and Additional Chief Secretary Home on the incident.