Policemen stand guard next to an overturned vehicle after the gangster Vikas Dubey was shot dead by police, on a highway at Sachendi in Uttar Pradesh state on July 10, 2020. - Indian police shot dead one of the country's most wanted gangsters on July 10 just a day after his dramatic arrest, but suspicions were immediately raised that Dubey was just the latest in a long line of extra-judicial killings. Officials said that Dubey, detained for the killing of eight police, was shot as he tried to escape a police vehicle while being driven to his home city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIAN police shot dead on Friday (10) a man who had been accused of ordering the killing of eight policemen when he tried to flee from officers who had taken him into custody after he surrendered, officials said.

Vikas Dubey, who was on the run for over a week after he allegedly ordered the eight policemen killed, was shot dead in northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) after an accident as he was being taken to detention.

Vikas Dubey

“We were bringing Dubey to the prison when a car he was in overturned … we had to shoot him because he stole a policeman’s gun and tried to flee,” said a senior police official in the state capital of Lucknow.

Dubey had been accused in 60 criminal cases, of various offences including attempted murder, and talk of his links with police and politicians has been dominating headlines ever since the shootout last week in which the eight police were killed and seven wounded.

Two of Dubey’s aides were killed in last week’s violence and a police officer posted near Dubey’s village was arrested over allegations that he helped him flee.

Eight policemen, including DSP Devendra Mishra, were ambushed in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur when they were going to arrest Dubey and fell to bullets fired from rooftops shortly after midnight on July 3.

Two of his associates, Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey, were killed by the police in an encounter in Kanpur. On July 8, the police killed another aide, Amar Dubey, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000, in Maudaha village in Hamirpur district.

On July 9, two more aides of gangster Vikas Dubey, wanted in connection with the Kanpur ambush, were killed in separate encounters in Kanpur and Etawah districts.

Vikas Dubey was arrested from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday (9).

With a population of more than 200 million, UP is India’s most populous state. It has long been plagued crime and corruption.

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