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UP’s Most Wanted Vikas Dubey didn’t figure in list of criminals

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Lucknow, July 5 : The political connections of Vikas Dubey, the main accused in the killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur on Friday, were so strong that his name did not figure in the list of top ten criminals of the district even though he has 71 criminal cases registered against his name.

His name also does not figure in the STF list of over 30 top criminals of the state that was released earlier this year. Kanpur SSP Dinesh Kumar said that he had been informed that the police team was going to arrest an accused with circle officer Bilhaur heading the operation. Also Read – Kanpur Encounter: Gangster Vikas Dubey’s House Demolished; Station Officer Suspended Over Alleged Role in Cops’ Killing

He admitted that he was not aware of Vikas Dubey’s criminal antecedents at the time of the operation which went horribly wrong and led to the death of eight policemen. Also Read – Who is Vikas Dubey, UP’s Most-Wanted Criminal Behind Killing of 8 Policemen in Kanpur?

Dinesh Kumar, who took over as SSP Kanpur barely a few days ago, has now ordered that all lists of criminals be updated without delay.

Vikas Dubey, till Friday, was just another name in the underworld of Uttar Pradesh. His ‘stature’ remained largely unknown to the people of the state even though he had heinous crime registered against his name. He was a quiet operator and, therefore, did not figure in the list of known mafias of the state.

Dubey, in his early fifties, hit the headlines first in 2001 when he killed BJP leader Santosh Shukla inside the Shivli police station in Kanpur. Shukla was minister of state in the UP government when he was killed. However, Dubey was later acquitted by a session court for want of evidence against him. As per the reports, even policemen had refused to testify against him in the court.

Dubey is also accused of planning his cousin brother Anurag’s murder while being inside Mati jail in 2018. He was one of the four accused named by Anurag’s wife. After this, he chose the path of crime that would, one day, take him closer to politics.

Dubey, a resident of Bikru village in Kanpur, was apparently emboldened by his acquittal and he started off by getting together a group of youth and set up his own gang. As the cases of robbery, kidnapping, and murders mounted against him, Vikas made sure that his clout also grew in proportion.

The need of local politicians to seek his help in elections brought him closer to the people in power. The local MPs and MLAs ensured that Vikas was kept in good humour because his influence would help them win elections.

His political mentors ensured that he had an easy access to other politicians. He even managed to win the nagar panchayat elections in 2015. As his mentors changed loyalties and parties, so did Vikas. Dubey was frequently seen in the Vidhan Bhawan complex when the assembly would be in session. He was seen in the company of politicians, across the political spectrum.

From BSP, he went to SP and was even inching closer to the BJP in recent months. A photograph of a poster in which Vikas is seen campaigning for his wife, Richa Dubey, on the Samajwadi Party banner, has been going viral on the social media. His photograph with Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brijesh Pathak, are also announcing his proximity to the politician.

According to reliable sources, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed intelligence agencies to submit a list of all politicians, police personnel, officers and others who were patronizing Vikas Dubey.

The diktat comes after photographs of the gangster with various political leaders started going viral on the social media.

In the past years, Dubey gradually strengthened his hold in the Bilhaur, Shivrajpur, Chaubepur, Rania areas of Kanpur. According to a source, Vikas Dubey was determined to make it big in the underworld and politics too. “He wanted to become a MLA and then an MP. He would often say that he would reach Parliament soon. He enjoyed considerable clout with local politicians and it was because of this that the police did not ‘interfere’ in his activities,” said one who belongs to Bikru village.

He said that Vikas had amassed a lot of property in the region and reportedly owned property in Lucknow and Noida too. He also had a fascination for latest weapons.

His relations in the family, however, were said to be strained. His own mother has almost disowned him after Friday’s incident and said that he deserved to die. His younger brother has also disowned him.

A team of officials visited the Krishna Nagar residence of Vikas Dubey. His brother’s family had left the house which was locked. A LDA official said, “We went to the house because the plan of the same is not approved by the LDA. We will be sending a notice to the owners and will then demolished the unauthorised construction.”

The state government, on Saturday, had razed the house of the gangster in Bikru village where eight police personnel had been shot dead on Friday.

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74th Independence Day Celebrations | PM’s address to the Nation – LIVE from the Red Fort

PM Modi to address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of the nation’s 74th year of Independence.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day as he reaches the Red Fort shortly. Prime Minister Modi will inspect the guard of honour and then unfurl the flag to mark this joyous occasion before his address to the nation.

Citizens of India look forward to the Prime Minister’s seventh address on the 74th Independence Day. The nation will celebrate the Independence Day mostly indoors as the world remains under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister has wished the 130 crore people of the nation on the 74th Independence Day. He offered his reverence and gratitude at Rajghat, the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where the eternal flame of non-violence keeps burning.

The Independence Day ceremony will have 4000 attendees. As coronavirus numbers grow, all precautions have been taken to maintain social distancing. The celebrations will be held following the Prime Minister’s clarion call against the invisible enemy – Do Gaz ki Doori. The infantrymen, navy and airmen who will be present in the guard of honour have remained in quarantine for the last 15 days.

The defence minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will be present with the Prime Minister during the event.

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The Prime Minister is expected to thank the key workers who have been vital in the nation’s fight against the coronavirus in his speech. He is also expected to thank and applaud the gallant soldiers who fought the recent Chinese intrusion in Galwan Valley in Ladakh.

The Prime Minister’s speech will focus on self-reliance as India battles along with the entire world to stave off the economic effects the pandemic has brought along with it.

The invitees have already reached the venue. The guests, with masks and ensuring social distancing, are set to celebrate nation’s 74th Independence Day.

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Re-live India’s Freedom Movement with Films Division this Independence Day

The story of Indian patriots, from the time of the Mutiny of 1857 (the First War of Independence) to the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi is pictorially recorded.

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Delhi, 14 AUG : On the occasion of 74th Independence Day, Films Division has painstakingly collected the rare footages of India’s glorious Freedom Movement. Two documentary films – ‘India wins Freedom’ (22min/B&W/Eng./1985) and ‘India Independent’ (20 min/B&W/Eng./1949) will be screened on 15th August 2020 to mark the celebration of Independence Day.

‘India wins Freedom’ is a part of India’s Struggle for Freedom series, that deals with the arrival of the new Governor General Lord Mountbatten and the several events that took place leading to the transfer of power from the King’s Government to the people of India on August 15.

The film ‘India Independent’ depicts India’s prolonged struggle for freedom. It recreates on screen the history of foreign rule in India for nearly two hundred years. The story of Indian patriots, from the time of the Mutiny of 1857 (the First War of Independence) to the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi is pictorially recorded.

In addition to this, 14 select films of the Films Division, dedicated to Independence Movement and patriotic spirit are being showcased in an initiative of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in the ‘Online Patriotic Film Festival’ running from August 7- 21, 2020. This festival, as a part of Independence Day Celebrations 2020 by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is streaming at ‘www.cinemasofindia.com’ for free.

To reignite the spirit of patriotism please visit Films Division website https://filmsdivision.org/ and click on “Documentary of the Week” section or follow FD YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmsDivision or log on to ‘www.cinemasofindia.com’ to watch these special films on Independence day.

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35 Delhi Police officers conferred Police Medal for their services

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New Delhi, Aug 15 : Thirty five Delhi Police officers have been conferred police medal for their services during Independence Day celebrations. Out of all, 16 officers were awarded police medal for gallantry, three received president’s police medal for distinguished service and 16 got police medal for meritorious service.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manishi Chandra, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Govind Sharma, Inspector Vinay Kumar, Inspector Sanjay Gupta, Inspector Rajesh Kumar, Inspector Kailash Singh Bisht, and Dharmendra Kumar, Inspector Ravinder Joshi and Vinod Badola, ASI Shiv Yadav, SI Ajaibeer Singh, SI Devender Singh, Sub-Inspector (SI) Banay Singh and Late Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma (posthumously) have been awarded president’s police medal for gallantry.

Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) Rajesh Khurana, ASI Mahesh Singh Yadav and ASI Bhupender Singh have been awarded president’s police medal for distinguished service, while the DCP Amit Roy, DCP Anil Kumar Lall, DCP Mohammad Irshad Haider, ACP Nirmala Devi, ACP kailash Chandra, ACP Rajesh Gaur, ACP Chandra Kanta, Inspector Narender Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and Pramod Kumar, ASI Manju Chauhan, SI Nirmala Devi, ASI Rakesh Kumar Sharma and ASI Sita Ram Yadav, HC Sudhir Kumar and Mukesh Kumar have been conferred police medal for meritorious service.

DCP Manishi Chandra along with Inspector Ravinder Joshi, Inspector Vinod Kumar Badola and SI Banay Singh have been awarded for their bravery while encounter with dreaded criminal Surinder Malik alias Neetu Dabodha on October 24, 2013.

Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who was killed during ‘Batla House’ encounter in 2008, has been awarded a police gallantry medal posthumously for the seventh time on the occasion of Independence Day. Inspector Sharma was conferred with Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award, in 2009. He was also a part of an operation in Jammu where he and his team confronted JEM militants in 2007.

IPS Rajesh Khurana, recently posted as Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), in Delhi, has been awarded president’s police medal for distinguished service. He joined Indian Police Service in 1994 and began his professional career as ACP in Central District, Delhi.

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