A day after eight police personnel in Kanpur were ambushed and killed by the henchmen of Vikas Dubey, who has over 60 criminal cases against him, the Lucknow Police has recovered a government vehicle from his brother’s house.
Police said Dubey used to use this vehicle to roam around to give the impression that it was provided to him by the government.
Dubey’s brother, Deep Prakash, had purchased the Ambassador car in an auction in 2014 at the Governor’s house but never got it transferred in his name. To evade detection, he did not even get its fitness certification made for the past seven years and evaded taxes.
Besides the government Ambassador car, police have also seized another car of the same make and a bulletproof vehicle.
In 2004, the Ambassador car in question was purchased by the state government and was registered in the name of the Governor’s principal secretary. After being used for 10 years, the government auctioned the car in 2014.
However, even after purchasing the car, Deep Prakash did not transfer the vehicle on his name and evaded paying tax.
Police sources say Vikas Dubey would use this Ambassador car to meet with politicians and government officers to give an impression that the government had provided him this vehicle.
On Friday night, history-sheeter Vikas Dubey’s henchmen killed eight policemen in an ambush when they came to arrest him from his hideout in a village near Kanpur.
Uttar Pradesh Police has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information leading to his arrest, who has at least 60 cases against him including murder and attempt to murder.
An official said there was a possibility that Dubey may have fled to Nepal or taken shelter in a neighbouring state. He was named an accused in the murder of Santosh Shukla, a minister of state-rank BJP leader, inside a police station in 2001 but was acquitted.