Yogi govt tightens noose around gangster Dubey; vigil on UP borders

The UP Police has stepped up its efforts to nab notorious gangster Vikas Dubey who continues to give them a miss. Dubey is the main accused in the killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur on Friday. The police have beefed up vigil on state borders to prevent the gangster from moving out. The police have also alerted their counterparts in adjoining states since it is believed that the gangster could be in hiding anywhere there.

Posters of Vikas Dubey have been put up in all adjoining district and along the UP-Nepal borders. The Pilibhit police has sounded a high alert on the Indo-Nepal border in a bid to foil the gangster’s possible attempt to escape to Nepal through the perforated border with the district. Pilibhit superintendent of police Jai Prakash Yadav said that besides sealing the borders, the police are carrying out intensive search of vehicles and individuals.

The cars, apparently new, did not have registration number plates on them. The vehicles have been seized by the police. An investigation has revealed that the cars were purchased by a local businessman Jai Bajpai but registered under different names. The Audi car seized was registered in the name of Pramod Vishwakarma, a Bhartiya Yuva Janata Morcha (BYJM) leader, a Fortuner was in the name of one Rahul Singh and the third vehicle was in the name of one Kapil Singh.

Bajpai has been detained and is being interrogated. He could not explain why he had purchased the vehicles in the name of others. A photograph of the businessman with Vikas Dubey at a birthday party has gone viral on the social media. Bajpai said that after the photograph wet viral, he became apprehensive and parked the cars at a lonely spot. Bajpai, police sources said, was close to Annu Awasthi, a social media star. Earlier, on Friday evening, a white Bolero had been found abandoned in Etawah and it was also presumed that the vehicle was used by criminals to flee.

Another Ford car was recovered near Aurraiyya-Dibiyapur bypass. Documents recovered from the car, bearing a Lucknow registration number, shows it belonged to one Amit Dubey. Three identity cards, a wallet, ID of an elite Lucknow school and an expensive footwear were found in the car, which are now being scanned by the forensics team along with finger print experts.

Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government has increased the reward on the head of gangster Vikas Dubey to Rs 2.5 lakh. The government had earlier announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for anyone who gave information about Dubey’s whereabouts. The amount was later increased to Rs one lakh. Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police H.C. Awasthi said on Monday that the reward money was being raised to Rs 2.5 lakh as police teams continued to search for the gangster and his accomplices.