- On Thursday, the judicial panel presented its report to the UP Assembly.
- According to the findings of the commission, Vikas Dubey and his gang members benefited from the favour of local officials.
- It also claims that the police version is supported by evidence and post-mortem reports.
According to the report of a three-member inquiry commission, there is no reason to suspect or doubt the police version of the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey and other members of his gang in encounters following the Bikru ambush in Kanpur in July last year, because no one from the public or the media came to contradict the police claim, and no evidence was filed in rebuttal.
It further stated that there was enough evidence on files to prove that Dubey and his gang had the support of local police, revenue, and administrative authorities.
On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh’s parliamentary affairs minister, Suresh Khanna, handed over the report to the state assembly.
On the night of July 2-3, 2020, eight police officers, including a deputy superintendent of police, were murdered during a raid on Dubey’s residence in Bikru village in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Later, Dubey was shot in an encounter when a police van transporting him from Ujjain to Kanpur was involved in an accident and he attempted to flee custody, the police stated.
The panel, led by Justice (Retd) BS Chauhan, also noted in its findings that the evidence and post-mortem reports backed the police version of Dubey and his gang’s murder.
Richa Dubey, Vikas Dubey’s wife, had filed an affidavit claiming the incident a forgery, but she did not appear before the commission.
In such a case, there was no question or suspicion regarding the police version of the incident, and the magisterial investigation report done by CMM (chief metropolitan magistrate) Kanpur reached a similar conclusion, according to the commission.
Justice (Retd) SK Agarwal, Justice (Retd) BS Chauhan, and former UP Director General of Police KL Gupta served on the commission. On April 21, it presented a 824-page report to the state government.
According to the report, whenever someone filed a complaint against Dubey, the complainant was humiliated by the police.
According to the findings of the investigation panel, while Dubey’s name appeared on the list of top-10 criminals in the police circle, he did not appear on the list of top-10 criminals in the district. Rather, members of his gang were included in a peace committee to settle community conflicts, according to the report, which also stated that Dubey’s family members were voted to local bodies. The report added, the majority of the family members were issued a weapons licence, a passport, and a fair price shop based on the recommendations of the competent authorities.
According to the report, the investigation in any case filed against gang members was never unbiased. It went on to say that Dubey and his associates were granted bail easily since there was no serious objection from state officials. According to the commission findings, the intelligence unit in Kanpur failed completely in obtaining information on Vikas Dubey’s possession of sophisticated weapons.