The Justice (Retd) BS Chauhan inquiry commission has given a clean chit to UP Police in the encounter killing case of gangster Vikas Dubey and his aides on Wednesday.
After investigating the case for 8 months, the three-member inquiry commission, the other two members are former Allahabad High Court judge Sashi Kant Agrawal and former UP Director General of Police KL Gupta probing the encounter killings of gangster Vikas Dubey and five of his alleged associates has given a clean chit to Uttar Pradesh Police because of lack of evidences as no eyewitness accounts were found in the case which could have refuted the UP Police's version of events.
A senior police official said, "No witnesses came forward to challenge the police claims even after advertisements in newspapers and media. Also, no one from the media came forward to get their versions recorded."
Early in July 2020, 8 policemen were gunned down in UP’s Kanpur in a fierce gun battle after a police team was ensnared by Vikas Dubey's associates.
The Kanpur police team had gone to raid history-sheeter Dubey, who had around 60 cases against his name. A week later, VikasDubey was arrested in Madhya Pradesh and was being brought back to UP by the police when the car they were travelling overturned on the highway.
An encounter broke out on the road as Vikas Dubey tried to escape and police gunned him down.
Police later killed Prem Prakash Pandey (55) and Atul Dubey (35) in an encounter in Kanpur on July 3. On July 8, Amar Dubey (30), who carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on him, was killed in an encounter at Maudaha village in Hamirpur district. On July 9, Praveen Dubey, alias Bauwa (48), and Prabhat, alias Kartikeya (28), were killed in separate encounters in Etawah and Kanpur districts.
Soon after, the Opposition launched an attack on the UP government over Vikas Dubey's encounter killing. Congress raised several questions over the whole episode and asked how only one car in the convoy could overturn.
Six PILs were filed in the Supreme Court after this to seek a court-monitored probe into the encounter killings.