Indian police shot useless one of many nation’s most needed gangsters Friday only a day after his dramatic arrest, sparking accusations of a staged extra-judicial killing.
Officers stated 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 residence metropolis within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Inside hours of TV stations carrying pictures 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 folks.
“That is probably the most blatant case of extra-judicial killing. Dubey was a gangster terrorist who could have deserved to die. However (Uttar Pradesh) police have killed him to close his mouth,” Supreme Courtroom lawyer Prashant Bhushan wrote on Twitter.
“Will we enable police to kill anybody with out a courtroom trial?” Utsav Bains, one other Supreme Courtroom lawyer, added.
Senior opposition Congress celebration chief Priyanka Gandhi stated the folks “defending” Dubey have been nonetheless free.
Dubey, aged about 50, was accused in additional than 60 murders, tried murders and different circumstances. He was stated to have shot useless an Uttar Pradesh state minister inside a police station in 2001.
Regardless of these circumstances and his popularity 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 crew 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 keeping 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 alternate 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 common Mohit Agarwal informed reporters.
Nirjhari Sinha, founding father of a civil rights organisation in Gujarat state, stated his dying had revived reminiscences 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 lately, suspects accused of violent crimes have died in custody. Final yr, police in southern India shot useless 4 males accused within the horrific rape-murder of a 27-year-old girl.