Botched Kanpur raid, Vikas Dubey’s arrest and subsequent custody killing

A week after the botched raid at the Kanpur residence of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey led to the killing of eight policemen, the notorious gangster was shot dead Friday when he allegedly tried to escape from the police custody. The case has now snowballed into a political controversy, with opposition leaders alleging a bigger plot behind Dubey’s killing, a day after his arrest in Madhya Pradesh.

Absconding for almost a week, Dubey was arrested on the premises of the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. According to Ujjain SP Manoj Kumar Singh, Dubey had bought a Rs 250 ticket for VIP darshan at the temple. As he was leaving, the security guards asked him his name, and an argument ensued. He was overpowered by guards on the temple premises. Eventually, Dubey disclosed his identity and was taken to the police station where senior officers took over the matter, SP Singh said.

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