Policemen Vinay Tiwari and KK Sharma were arrested Wednesday for allegedly tipping-off gangster Vikas Dubey about the police raid in Kanpur in which eight policemen were killed last week, news agency PTI reported.
Both the suspended sub-inspectors were detained for questioning and later arrested, SP Dinesh Kumar Prabha told PTI. Following the death of the eight policemen, Chaubeypur station officer Tiwari, and three more personnel of the police station had been suspended with the police probing whether Dubey was tipped off about the botched raid.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government increased the reward for Dubey’s arrest from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, PTI reported. The absconding gangster was last spotted in Faridabad in Haryana.
A senior police official told PTI that Dubey was caught on CCTV while trying to check into a hotel room. The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF), in a joint operation with local police, arrested three of his associates from Faridabad.
“Three persons close to Vikas Dubey arrested from Faridabad. They were identified as Ankur, Shravan and Kartikey alias Prabhat,” the official said.
Dubey is the main accused in the ambush in Bikru village in Chaubeypur on July 3. Eight cops, including a deputy superintendent and three sub-inspectors, were killed after a group of assailants opened fire on the police team, which was out to nab the criminal.
The STF has detained gangster Vikas Dubey’s brother-in-law from Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh, a local police officer told PTI.
Raju Nigam, who is the brother of Dubey’s wife, was arrested after his son was nabbed by the STF on Monday, Shahdol’s Additional Superintendent of Police Pratima Mathew told the news agency.
According to PTI, Nigam had told reporters on Tuesday that he was not in touch with Dubey for the past 15 years, and feared he and his son could be booked in a fake case and killed in an encounter.
Earlier in the day, the STF, in a joint operation with Hamirpur police, gunned down a close associate of Dubey. The deceased was identified as 35-year-old Amar Dubey who, according to the police, had fired the maximum bullets on policemen during the attack last week. The police also claimed to have recovered an automatic weapon from his possession.
The Kanpur Police, meanwhile, arrested Shyamu Bajpai, another close aide of Dubey. Bajpai suffered a bullet injury on his right leg in the cross-firing.
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