- The demolition was done in the presence of UP police officers
- Rs 50,000 reward offered for information on Vikas Dubey's location
- Vikas Dubey is a criminal mastermind charged in 60 cases
Kanpur district administration on Saturday used bulldozers to demolish a house belonging to Vikas Dubey, the main accused in the cold-blooded murder of eight UP cops on Friday and a notorious criminal mastermind charged in 60 criminal cases. The demolition was done in the presence of Uttar Pradesh police officers.
Vikas Dubey remains missing, over 36 hours after the bloodbath in Bikru village, which is around 150 km from state capital Lucknow.
In visuals of the demolition, a group of armed police officers (some with what appear to be assault rifles) stand guard as a lone black-and-yellow bulldozer breaks down the house.
Large piles of rubble and brick, and half-broken walls, can be seen in the video as the bulldozer goes about its job. Visuals also show empty rooms with the broken roofs and several cars, all white in colour, similarly destroyed.
In Kanpur , the house of #VikasDubey, the criminal who murdered 8 cops , and his cars , all wrecked by the admin in the presence of cops . One could argue this is mere optics , the real action is to arrest dubey and being him to justice . On that count , 36 hours and waiting... pic.twitter.com/m7aJ4iFSFs— Alok Pandey (@alok_pandey) July 4, 2020
Meanwhile, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Chaubeypur Police Station, under which Vikas Dubey's village falls, has been suspended.
"At the time of encounter, he fled the encounter site. Had he faced the criminals, situation could have been different," Mohit Agarwal, Inspector General (Kanpur Range), was quoted by news agency ANI.
More than 25 police teams have been formed to capture him.
The police have also said that a surveillance team is scanning more than 500 mobile phones in an effort to retrieve information pertaining to his current location.
A cash reward of Rs 50,000 has been offered for the same information, with the assurance that the identity of the tipster will be concealed in order to prevent revenge attacks.
Early Friday morning a large police force of around 50 cops, drawn from three police stations, had set out to arrest Vikas Dubey. A raid had been planned at his village after he was named as an accused in a fresh attempt to murder case.
Aware of the impending raid, however, the gangster arranged for road blocks to slow down the cops who, when they did reach the village, were subject to an unexpected deadly crossfire.
Eight police personnel, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, were shot dead, and seven others injured.
Vikas Dubey's mother has said that her son is causing embarrassment to the family
"The intention was to arrest him. There was an ambush. The firing by criminals was from three sides and it was totally planned," Dinesh Kumar, Kanpur's police chief, said.
Vikas Dubey's criminal record began in 1990 with a case of murder. Over the years, he accumulated charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, extortion and rioting.
In 2001, Dubey was charged with the murder of Santosh Shukla, a Kanpur BJP leader who was chased and shot dead inside a police station. Dubey "surrendered" in 2002 but was acquitted.
A criminal with political links, he was also the member of a political party in the past and allegedly kept armed henchmen in his village.
Widely feared, he wields influence and a plaque in his village, at the site of a project, describes him as a "former Zila panchayat member".
Vikas Dubey's mother, Sarla Devi, told ANI that her son was an embarrassment to the family and the police should kill him if he did not surrender.
"I have not met him in 4 months. I am living with my younger son here in Lucknow. We are facing problem because of him. We are embarrassed because of him," she said.
With input from ANI