At least 60 police teams were on the lookout and his posters had been plastered all over the state but gangster Vikas Dubey had managed to give everyone the slip for the last six days and crossed three state borders in the interim.
While his arrest from the Mahakal Temple in Ujjain has raised multiple questions about whether it was orchestrated and stage-managed with the Opposition firing from all cylinders to take on the Yogi Adityanath government, what remains a fact is that he managed to hoodwink everyone and travel 1200 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh to Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.
But how exactly was he able to do that?
As we try to piece together the loose ends of the narrative, this is how the story pans out:
Vikas Dubey received a phone call from one of his informers within the police force about the impending raid at his residence in Bikru village in Kanpur. Armed with the tip-off, he called about 25-30 of his henchmen to plan the ambush which led to the death of eight police personnel. With 60 criminal cases pending in his name, Dubey was reportedly in touch with at least 24 policemen including a senior cop from the local Chaubeypur police station.
Lucknow Police recovered a government vehicle from his brother Deep Prakash’s residence. The ambassador car was purchased in 2014 in an auction at Raj Bhawan but never got it transferred to his name.
Dubey is believed to have traveled from Uttar Pradesh to Madhya Pradesh using a fake ID claiming that his name was Shubham. Upon his arrival at the Mahakal Temple at about 7 am on Thursday, Dubey while saying his name was Shubham, showed the guard an ID card in the name of Naveen Pal which raised eyebrows.
The security guard got suspicious and informed his superiors. Meanwhile, a flower vendor outside the temple spotted Dubey first when he removed his mask to adjust it.
Vikas Dubey had reportedly bought a VIP ticket for Rs 250 for entry to the Mahakal temple to avoid standing in the queue. MP Police meanwhile have also taken a local liquor trader into custody. Originally from Chitrakoot in UP, he is believed to have played an instrumental role in facilitating Vikas’ transportation and stay in Ujjain.
Having initially planned to burn the bodies of the deceased cops, Vikas, who carried a bounty of Rs 5 lakh on his head, confessed during interrogation to have dumped the bodies in a well near his house.
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