The Congress on Friday demanded a judicial probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the entire episode involving gangster Vikas Dubey to bring out the truth about those who had granted protection to him and the alleged political-criminal nexus in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference that the killing of the gangster in an encounter raises several questions and sought answers on who were the people sitting in echelons of power who were granting protection to criminals like him.
Dubey was shot dead Friday by police, who claim he was trying to flee after the car carrying him from Ujjain overturned on the outskirts of the city.
"Congress demands that the unholy nexus between organised crime and the ilk of Vikas Dubey with those sitting in the echelons of power be probed by a sitting Supreme Court judge," Mr Surjewala said at a press conference.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also demanded a judicial probe by a sitting SC judge into the entire Kanpur episode in which eight policemen were killed by Dubey.
"The Congress demands a judicial inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge that should conduct a probe into the entire Kanpur incident and bring out its truth before people."
"The truth about those who nurtured and protected criminals like Vikas Dubey should come out. Till the time this truth and the nexus between politicians and criminals does not come out, justice will not be done to those eight policemen who were killed by him," Ms Gandhi said.
Mr Surjewala charged that Uttar Pradesh has become synonymous with "goondaraj" and criminals like Dubey were allowed to move around freely in the state and thus it is necessary to bring out the political-criminal nexus in the state.
He also said that the encounter of Dubey raises several questions than answers and sought to know who feared from the arrest of the gangster and the statement he would have given before the magistrate, spilling the beans about the alleged nexus between criminals and politicians-officers in UP.
The Congress leader said the encounter and the suspicion around it and the manner in which a criminal like Dubey was allowed to "roam around" freely, itself raises questions on the commitment of the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in UP towards law and order.