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8 police personnel killed in encounter with criminals during raid in UP’s Kanpur

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8 police personnel killed in encounter with criminals during raid in UP’s Kanpur

At least eight police personnel, including Deputy SP Devendra Mishra, were killed and six were injured after they were fired upon by criminals when a police team had gone to raid an area in search of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey. The raid was carried out at around 1 am on the intervening night of July 2-3 in Bithoor’s Dikru village in Chaubepur police station area in Kanpur.

According to reports, SSP and IG are present at the spot and forensics teams are examining the area.

The firing took place in Bikru village under Chaubepur police station area of Kanpur district when police went there to search for a criminal, the senior official said.

A case of attempt to murder had been filed by a man, Rahul Tiwari, against Vikas Dubey.

The passage to the area was blocked by parking a heavy earthmover as the police team approached the spot and the criminals began indiscriminate firing from rooftops.

As the police party reached the Bikru village under Kanpur Dehat’s Shivli Police Station area to make the arrest, at least eight to ten criminals opened indiscriminate fire from the rooftops. DSP Devendra Mishra, Shivrajpur Station Officer Mahesh Yadav, a sub-inspector and five constables were those killed in the attack.

Giving details of the incident, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police H C Awasthi said the notorious criminal might have got an inkling of the impending raid. He and his henchmen put up massive roadblocks to prevent the police personnel from proceeding towards their hideout.

As the police team was caught unawares, the criminals rained bullets at them from a building rooftop leading to the deaths, Awasthi said.

“Eight Police personnel died, four were injured. They are being treated at the hospital. Police from neighbouring districts Kannauj and Kanpur Dehat have also been called,” Kanpur ADG JN Singh said, adding that a combing operation is underway.

The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Inspector General of Police have reached the spot and forensics teams carrying out an examination of the area.

“Eight police personnel lost their lives after they were fired upon criminals when police team raided an area in Vikaru village in search of the history-sheeter.”

More than 100 mobile phones people believed to be close to Vikas Dubey are being traced.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his condolence to the families of the eight police personnel who lost their lives after being fired upon by criminals in Kanpur. He has directed DGP HC Awasthi to take strict action against criminals and has also sought report of the incident. The CM is constantly in touch with DGP Awasthi and Additional Chief Secretary Home on the incident.

Vikas Dubey, a notorious criminal, carries a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head. He has also been a former member of the district panchayat and has at least 53 cases of murder attempts against him.