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Vikas Dubey was killed in self defence, UP govt tells SC

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The government has asserted that the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey “can never be termed as ‘fake encounter’, looking at the incident in totality”

The Uttar Pradesh government today (July 17) submitted its affidavit before the Supreme Court, defending the ‘encounter’ killing of gangster Vikas Dubey and his gang members by UP Police, stating that it was self-defence.

The affidavit has been submitted after a bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde on July 14 sought a response from the State of Uttar Pradesh. The court, while hearing pleas filed seeking a probe into Dubey’s encounter, had also hinted that a committee might be set up (by the SC) to look into the matter.

According to the UP government, Dubey was being taken from Ujjain to Kanpur, and when the vehicle carrying him overturned, he started firing and continued to fire while fleeing.

The state home secretary has also stated that the police, therefore, fired in self-defence in response to Dubey’s attack, after he snatched a pistol and fired. According to them, shooting back at him was the only option for police as Vikas Dubey had the intention of killing cops and fleeing like he had done before.

The incident was real and not a manufactured one, it maintained, while pointing out that a judicial inquiry commission has already been set up by the state government. 

The government has asserted that the killing of gangster Vikas Dubey “can never be termed as ‘fake encounter’, looking at the incident in totality” and a judicial inquiry commission has already been set up by the state government. 

According to UP Police, Vikas Dubey’s case cannot be compared to the Hyderabad encounter case, as that case did not involve hardened criminals, while Dubey was facing eight murder cases and 10 attempt to murder cases.

The UP Police has also clarified why there were no bullet shot in his back when he was running away. The reply stated that Dubey was facing the police from front and firing rounds. Accused Dubey had fired 9 rounds at the STF team. He did not surrendered even after warnings and continued to fire on police team. Police had fired six bullets from which only three hit the accused and the rest had missed the target.

– India Legal Bureau

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