Vikas Dubey, the history-sheeter accused of shooting dead eight policemen in Kanpur’s Bikru village last week, was on Friday morning killed in an alleged exchange of fire while being brought to Uttar Pradesh from Ujjain, the U.P. police said.
Dubey was shot twice after he allegedly attempted to flee from police custody after firing at the police team, a few kilometres ahead of Kanpur, police said. However, a medical report is still awaited.
Dubey was being escorted to Kanpur from Ujjain, where he was arrested 24 hours earlier near a temple, when one of the police vehicles overturned near Bhaunti, said police. The accused and the policemen got injured in the accident, they added.
Kanpur SP (West) Anil Kumar said Dubey took advantage of the road accident and tried to flee after snatching a pistol of an injured policeman. “The police surrounded him from all four sides and tried to make him surrender, but he fired at them. In self-defence, police fired two bullets [at Dubey], injuring him,” said Mr. Kumar.
Dubey had fired at the police team with an “intent to kill,” said police.
A stretcher bearing Dubey, with blood stains on his chest, was later seen being taken inside a hospital, where he was declared dead.