One of the aides of Vikas Dubey has said in the face of police interrogation in custody that somebody had informed his boss who, along with his accomplices, killed eight cops in District Kanpur Dehat early yesterday, that the force was about to raid his house. And that informer of Dubey was a cop himself!
Sharing this information with the media, an official said today that the police had arrested Daya Shankar Agnihotri, one of the accused in the killings, earlier in the day after another gunfight which took place in Kalyanpur area near Kanpur city. Agnihotri revealed the information during the interrogation.
A hardened criminal who has 60 cases of murder and kidnapping among others, the 48-year-old Dubey is the main accused in the killing of the eight policemen on 3 July.
Agnihotri told the police Dubey had got a call from the Chaubeypur police station informing him that a team from three police stations led by Devendra Mishra, the circle officer of Bilhaur who was among eight killed in the incident, would reach his village past midnight with the objective to raid his premises.
Agnihotri said further that at least 25 people were present with Dubey — prepared and armed to fight the police — when the team of cops approached his house in Kanpur Dehat’s Bikri village.
It is to be determined if sub-inspector Vinay Tiwari, who has been suspended after the ambush, was the policeman who had forewarned Dubey. This Chaubeypur station officer was suspended and moved to Lucknow after a grilling of 9 h in Kanpur.
On 1 July, a villager had registered an attempt to murder case against Dubey in Chaubeypur, about 14 km from Bikru, which necessitated the ill-fated police raid. Dubey’s men had fired indiscriminately on the police team that had come to arrest him. The police said the encounter was a “well-planned conspiracy”.
Agnihotri suffered a bullet wound in his right leg in the retaliatory firing by the police team. He is one of the 18 aides of Dubey whose name figures in the first information report (FIR) lodged in connection with the killing of the policemen. Police had announced a reward of Rs 25,000 to find Agnihotri who had opened fire at the police team going to arrest him in the night of 4 July. Police have recovered a gun and cartridges from Agnihotri’s possession.
Officials had said yesterday they would seize illegal properties and money in Dubey’s bank accounts under the Gangster Act. Later, Lucknow Police seized the vehicles parked at his residence in the Uttar Pradesh capital.
Police have announced they have increased the prize money for the arrest of Dubey.