Indian police shot lifeless one of many nation’s most wished gangsters Friday only a day after his dramatic arrest, sparking accusations of a staged extra-judicial killing.
Officers mentioned Vikas Dubey, detained for the killing of eight law enforcement officials, was shot as he tried to flee a police automobile whereas being pushed to his dwelling metropolis within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Inside hours of TV stations carrying photos of his bloodstained physique mendacity in a hospital, rights legal professionals and activists alleged that police had killed Dubey to stop him revealing his connections with highly effective individuals.
“That is essentially the most blatant case of extra-judicial killing. Dubey was a gangster terrorist who might have deserved to die. However (Uttar Pradesh) police have killed him to close his mouth,” Supreme Court docket lawyer Prashant Bhushan wrote on Twitter.
“Will we permit police to kill anybody with no court docket trial?” Utsav Bains, one other Supreme Court docket lawyer, added.
Senior opposition Congress celebration chief Priyanka Gandhi mentioned the individuals “defending” Dubey have been nonetheless free.
Dubey, aged about 50, was accused in additional than 60 murders, tried murders and different circumstances. He was mentioned to have shot lifeless an Uttar Pradesh state minister inside a police station in 2001.
Regardless of these circumstances and his status for ruthlessness, Dubey has constructed appreciable native political hyperlinks over the previous 20 years.
On July 3, eight officers have been gunned down when Dubey’s gang staged an ambush on a police staff aiming to arrest him.
A nationwide manhunt was launched, throughout which 5 of Dubey’s associates – together with his bodyguard nephew – have been killed.
The gang chief lastly gave himself up in a temple in Madhya Pradesh state on Thursday.
In line with the police account, the automobile taking him to Kanpur early Friday overturned on a moist street and he tried to flee.
“Dubey has been killed in an trade of fireplace after he snatched the pistol of our males and tried to flee after firing at them. 4 of our males are additionally injured,” Kanpur police inspector basic Mohit Agarwal instructed reporters.
Nirjhari Sinha, founding father of a civil rights organisation in Gujarat state, mentioned his loss of life had revived recollections of staged killings there.
“Historical past repeats,” she wrote on Twitter. “Lifeless gangsters can’t talk about their political patronage.”
For many years, shoot-outs have been staged to bypass India’s judicial system when police battled armed separatist actions in West Bengal, Punjab, Kashmir and distant northeastern states.
Extra just lately, suspects accused of violent crimes have died in custody. Final 12 months, police in southern India shot lifeless 4 males accused within the horrific rape-murder of a 27-year-old lady.