The Kanpur Police has arrested Chaubeypur SHO Vinay Tiwari and Bikaru Sub-Inspector KK Sharma for allegedly helping gangster Vikas Dubey escape.
Both KK Sharma (left) and Vinay Tiwari (right) were present during the raid conducted against Vikas Dubey but fled the site of the incident during the operation. (Photo: India Today)
Tightening the noose on police officers involved in the escape of Vikas Dubey, the UP Police on Wednesday arrested former Chaubeypur SHO Vinay Tiwari and a sub-inspector KK Sharma for allegedly tipping off the dreaded gangster.
Kanpur police arrested Vinay Tiwari and Bikru beat in-charge KK Sharma after a full day of questioning.
Both police officers were present during the raid conducted against history-sheeter Vikas Dubey in Kanpur but fled the site of the incident during the operation. They have also been accused of tipping off Dubey before the raid which led to the death of eight Kanpur police officers.
Speaking on the arrests, SSP Kanpur Dinesh Prabhu said, “As per evidence, it has been found that police personnel Vinay Tiwari & KK Sharma had informed Vikas Dubey about the raid beforehand. So, he was on alert and planned to attack police which resulted in the death of eight policemen.”
Vinay Tiwari, along with three other officers, had already been suspended on July 4 in view of allegations of their involvement in the killing of eight policemen by criminals during a raid to arrest history-sheeter Vikas Dubey.
Tiwari’s closeness with Vikas Dubey was also revealed in a letter allegedly written by DSP Devendra Mishra, who was killed in the Kanpur encounter.
In the letter supposedly written to then Kanpur SSP in March, Mishra accused Chaubeypur station officer Vinay Tiwari of watering down charges levelled in a case registered against the gangster.
It added that there were reports about Tiwari visiting the gangster frequently.
However, police said there is no record of the purported letter, which is undated and carries no serial number. But police said they will still investigate the letter.
On Tuesday, all 68 police personnel at Chaubeypur police station near Kanpur were shunted to the reserve police lines with the top brass saying they suspected their integrity after last week’s ambush.