Gangster Vikas Dubey was killed on Friday morning after being critically injured in an alleged shootout with STF officials. He was shot when he reportedly tried to flee, following a road accident in which the vehicle he was travelling in overturned.
Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu reacted to the news and wrote on Twitter, “Wow! We did not expect this at all!!!! And then they say our Bollywood stories are far from reality."
According to reports, Dubey was taken to the emergency ward of the Hallett Hospital in blood-soaked condition.
SSP Kanpur Dinesh Kumar said that the doctors have confirmed the death of Dubey.
As media persons converged at the hospital, the gates were closed and STF officials refused to comment on the developments.
According to reports, as the convoy bringing Dubey from Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain reached Bhauti area under Barra police circle in Kanpur on Friday morning, the vehicle in which Vikas was seated overturned after skidding on the road due to heavy rain.
Vikas, along with two other police personnel in the vehicle, was injured in the accident.
As soon as Vikas was taken out of the vehicle, he allegedly snatched a pistol from the STF team and tried to fire at the police. He was fatally injured in retaliatory firing.
Vikas received a bullet injury on the chest which proved fatal.
Two STF personnel were also injured in the encounter.
STF officials admitted to the incident but refused to reveal the extent of injuries suffered by the gangster.
None of the officials were willing to comment on the development.
Five members of the Vikas Dubey gang have been killed in police encounters over the past seven days.
Dubey was wanted in connection with the Kanpur ambush in which eight policemen were killed. He was on the run for almost a week.
With inputs from IANS