Gangster Vikas Dubey’s encounter death at the hands of the Special Task Force of UP Police near Kanpur on Friday morning has opened up a can of worms. And politicians have gone all guns blazing to suggest the manner in which Dubey met his end raises more questions than answers.
While the UP Police has put on record the sequence of events leading to his death, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked while the criminal met with his end, what about those who were partners in crime and provided patronage.
अपराधी का अंत हो गया, अपराध और उसको सरंक्षण देने वाले लोगों का क्या?
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 10, 2020
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh who has been raising questions on Dubey’s arrest in Ujjain in the first place and saying this was essentially a surrender, put out a series of tweets saying that his apprehensions have come true and no one will ever get to know which politicians, government officials and police personnel were in close touch with the gangster. He went on further to ask as to how the pattern of encounters is strikingly similar in the way Dubey and his two aides were killed in the last three-four days.
जिसका शक था वह हो गया। विकास दुबे का किन किन राजनैतिक लोगों से, पुलिस व अन्य शासकीय अधिकारियों से उसका संपर्क था, अब उजागर नहीं हो पाएगा। पिछले 3-4 दिनों में विकास दुबे के 2 अन्य साथियों का भी एनकाउंटर हुआ है लेकिन तीनों एनकाउंटर का पैटर्न एक समान क्यों है?
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) July 10, 2020
Continuing with Congress’ attack on the BJP government over Dubey’s encounter death, senior party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala raised questions on the timeline of the events.
#VikasDubey एंकाउंटर में मारा गया।
कई लोगों ने पहले ही ये आशंका जताई थी।
पर अनेकों सवाल छूट गए-
1. अगर उसे भागना ही था, तो उज्जैन में सरेंडर ही क्यों किया?
2. उस अपराधी के पास क्या राज थे जो सत्ता-शासन से गठजोड़ को उजागर करते?
3. पिछले 10 दिनों की कॉल डिटेल्ज़ जारी क्यों नहीं? pic.twitter.com/B87UqYiqPf
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) July 10, 2020
Former Uttar Pradesh CM and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav who had demanded Dubey’s call records be made public to expose the unholy nexus between the gangster and the powers that be, sharpened his attack further to suggest that the STF car hadn’t overturned in an accident as is being claimed by the cops but was turned turtle to prevent the secrets from coming out which could have toppled the state government.
दरअसल ये कार नहीं पलटी है, राज़ खुलने से सरकार पलटने से बचाई गयी है.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) July 10, 2020
Demanding a Supreme Court monitored independent probe to unravel the unholy neta-criminal nexus, BSP chief and former UP CM Mayawati demanded justice for the family members of the slain cops who paid with their lives during the ambush masterminded by Dubey on July 3.
1. कानपुर पुलिस हत्याकाण्ड की तथा साथ ही इसके मुख्य आरोपी दुर्दान्त विकास दुबे को मध्यप्रदेश से कानपुर लाते समय आज पुलिस की गाड़ी के पलटने व उसके भागने पर यूपी पुलिस द्वारा उसे मार गिराए जाने आदि के समस्त मामलों की माननीय सुप्रीम कोर्ट की निगरानी में निष्पक्ष जाँच होनी चाहिए। 1/2
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) July 10, 2020
Alleging conspiracy, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, “Dead men tell no tales.”
Dead men tell no tales #VikasDubey
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 10, 2020
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress too launched a pointed attack on the BJP. Party leader Derek O Brien urged BJP to spend some time in Uttar Pradesh.
All you BJP wimps, who tweet trash incessantlly trying to run down Bengal, go spend a few days in a State you run and where the PM was elected from. You will have lots to tweet about #VikasDube
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) July 10, 2020
However, silencing critics, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that law has taken its own course.
Law has taken its course. It could be a matter of regret &disappointment for those who raised questions on Vikas Dubey’s arrest y’day&death today. MP Police did its job, it arrested&handed him over to UP Police: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on #vikasDubeyEncounter pic.twitter.com/GIiIChND66
— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2020