- 8 Policemen killed in a gunbattle when the police team raided a village to arrest a criminal
- 7 others were injured in the battle
8 police personnel were killed when a Police team found itself in a fierce gunbattle in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh while raiding a village to arrest a criminal last night. Apart from 8 casualties, 7 other policemen were injured in the encounter which took place in Kanpur.
The Kanpur Police team went to raid the history-sheeter Vikas Dubey who has almost 60 criminal cases to his name. As the police team raided the Bikaru village in search of Vikas Dubey they were ambushed.
2 unidentified criminals were later killed in a different encounter where the police also recovered a pistol which was snatched from the policeman during the gunbattle in which 8 police personnel lost their lives.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kanpur said, “They had gone to arrest him following a complaint of an attempt to murder. The police team was ambushed.” A case under Section 307 (Attempt to murder) was filed against the history-sheeter Vikas Dubey and the police team then went to arrest him late on Thursday night.
Earthmoving machines were placed on the road to create obstacle and blockage for the police vehicles which forced the policemen to get down from their vehicles and then the criminals open fire.
In retaliation, cops, too open fired but given the positioning advantage to the criminals who were on the rooftops, 8 policemen lost their lives.
The policemen who lost their lives have been identified as Circle Officer (CO) Kumar Mishra, Station Officer (SO) Mahesh Yadav, Chowki Incharge Anup Kumar, Sub-Inspector (SI) Nebulal, Constables Bablu, Jitendra, Rahul and Sultan Singh.
The investigations have already begun and the investigators are currently surveying the phone signals from 500 mobile devices in the area to track the criminals. The borders areas of Kanpur division have been sealed and all border checkpoints have increased security.
The CCTV footage of the border check posts are not being looked into to track down the criminals.
The area where the encounter took place on Thursday night has been sealed and fingerprints of the criminals are being collected to identify the group. Questioning is being done with the locals.
A Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to look into the sensational encounter which left 8 police personnel dead in a matter of hours. Additional Director General (ADP) of Law and Order, Prashant Kumar visited the site of the encounter in Bikaru Village early morning today.
Director General of Police (DGP) H C Awasthi said, “The Kanpur STF is already at work. A large-scale operation is being carried out. This is in continuation with the operation for which the team had gone there in the first place.”
H C Awasthi further said that 7 other policemen were injured in the gun battle adding, “Operation is still underway as criminals managed to escape, taking advantage of the dark. IG (Inspector General), ADG, ADG (Law & Order) have been sent there to supervise the operation. A forensic team from Kanpur was at the spot, an expert team from Lucknow is also being sent.”
As the police team reached closer to the hideout of the notorious criminal, a hail of bullets were showered on them from the rooftop of a building nearby leaving Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Devendra Mishra and three Sub-Inspectors (SI) and 4 Constables lost their lives, said the officials.
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.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath expressed grief and condolences to the families of the 8 policemen who lost their lives in the Kanpur gunbattle. CM Yogi has directed DGP H C Awasthi to take strict actions against the criminals and is seeking for the report of this encounter.
जनपद कानपुर में 'कर्तव्य पथ' पर अपना सर्वस्व न्योछावर करने वाले 08 पुलिसकर्मियों को भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) July 3, 2020
शहीद पुलिसकर्मियों ने जिस अपरिमित साहस व अद्भुत कर्तव्यनिष्ठा के साथ अपने दायित्वों का निर्वहन किया, उ.प्र. उसे कभी भूलेगा नहीं। उनका यह बलिदान व्यर्थ नहीं जाएगा।