Wanted UP gangster Vikas Dubey was finally arrested today in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. This came a full week after Vikas Dubey and his aides killed eight police personnel and injured seven, including a civilian, during an encounter with the police in his village Bikru in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Since then, Vikas Dubey has hogged national headlines and pressure had been building on the UP Police to arrest him. Police have demolished his hideout in Bikru using a bulldozer, many of his aides have been arrested, and some gunned down in encounters.
Besides Uttar Pradesh, police in Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh too were working round the clock to arrest Vikas Dubey as it was feared that he has moved out of Kanpur to a neighbouring state or escaped to Nepal.
Vikas Dubey is no ordinary criminal. He was accused of killing a state minister inside a police station. The case against him never proceeded because the witnesses, mostly policemen, turned hostile.
In his criminal career that spans decades, Vikas Dubey is wanted in over 60 cases, including those of murder and attempt to murder. (Read more on his criminal past here.)
Here are the key numbers that explain the Vikas Dubey case following the bloodied encounter in Kanpur.
Vikas Dubey case in numbers:
No. of cops killed in Kanpur encounter: 8
No. of cops injured: Kanpur encounter: 7 (6 cops, 1 civilian); Hamirpur encounter: 2 (while chasing Vikas Dubey’s aides)
No. of police teams formed to nab Vikas Dubey: 25
Reward announced in Vikas Dubey’s name: Initial reward Rs 50,000; increased to Rs 1 lakh on July 5; increased to Rs 2.5 lakh on July 6; increased to Rs 5 lakh on July 8
Ex-gratia announced by UP govt to kin of 8 cops killed in Kanpur: Rs 1 crore per family
No. of people against whom FIR has been registered: 21 named persons, 50-60 unnamed
No. of cops suspended/sent to police lines: 68
No. of cops arrested for helping Vikas Dubey: 2 (station officer Vinay Tiwari and beat -in-charge KK Sharma)
No. of other officials detained for helping Vikas Dubey: 2 (1 Sub-divisional officer, 1 power department employee)
Criminal cases in which Vikas Dubey is wanted: 60 (approx.)
No. of mobile phones scanned by UP Police’s surveillance team to nab Vikas Dubey: Over 500
No. of Vikas Dubey’s aides arrested so far: 9 (Shyamu Bajpai, Shama, Suresh Verma, Rekha, Dayashankar Agnihotri, Sanjiv Dubey and Jahan Yadav, Ankur, Shravan)
No. of Vikas Dubey’s aides/relatives detained: 2 (Raju Nigam (brother-in-law), Adarsh Nigam (Raju’s son)
No. of Vikas Dubey’s aides killed so far: 5 (Amar Dubey, Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey, Kartikey alias Prabhat, Praveen alias Bauwa Dubey)
(Numbers complied from news reports)