Image from the encounter site of gangster Vikas Dubey (Courtesy: ANI)
Slain gangster Vikas Dubey's close aide Gopal Saini, who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on him, surrendered before a special court in Kanpur Dehat on July 30, a government counsel told news agency PTI.
The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) and Kanpur Police were on the lookout for Saini since July 3 after eight policemen, including Deputy SP Devendra Kumar Mishra, were ambushed in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur when they were going to arrest Dubey and fell to bullets fired from rooftops, an official said.
District Government Counsel (criminal) Raju Porwal said that Gopal Saini, accused in the killing of eight policemen, surrendered before the special court (UP dacoity-affected area) at Maati in Kanpur Dehat.
Saini's advocate had moved an application for his surrender before the court, Porwal said, but did not elaborate on the details of the application.
Superintendent of Police (rural), Brajesh Srivastava confirmed that Gopal Saini has surrendered before the court in Kanpur Dehat.
"We have decided to move an application before the court requesting for his police custody so that he can be questioned properly and information about other members of Vikas Dubey's gang who are still evading arrest can be obtained," he said.
Initially, a cash reward of Rs 50,000 was announced on Saini, but it was later increased to Rs 1 lakh, the police officer said.
Dubey was shot dead in an encounter on the outskirts of Kanpur on July 10. Earlier, five members of Dubey's gang were killed in separate encounters.
A chronology of events in the Vikas Dubey case:
>> On July 3, eight police personnel, including a DSP, were gunned down in Bikru village while they were on their way to arrest Dubey.
>> Hours after the incident, two of Dubey's accomplices were killed in an encounter.
>> Two days later, on July 5, Dayashankar Agnihotri, a key Dubey aide was arrested in an encounter.
>> On July 9, two more Dubey aides were shot dead in separate encounters.
>> A day later, Dubey was arrested by Madhya Pradesh police in Ujjain and was handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police.
>> On the same day, Dubey was shot dead on the outskirts of Kanpur with the police alleging that the gangster had tried to flee after the car carrying him turned turtle.With inputs from PTI