Vikas Dubey missed by whisker in Faridabad, hung on: Latest update on chase for UP gangster

The Haryana Police have been put on high alert after reports of sighting of fugitive Vikas Dubey, responsible for the murder of eight policemen in Uttar Pradesh, in a Faridabad hotel, officials said on Wednesday.

However, he escaped before the local police could conduct a raid. As per the intelligence reports, Vikas had stayed at in a small-budget hotel located in the populated Badkhal Chowk area under a fake identity. Joint teams of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have detained a Dubey aide who confirmed that Dubey stayed with him at the hotel.

The police have managed to access a CCTV grab which showed Dubey, donning a dark black shirt, jeans and mask, was present in the hotel. Another CCTV grab showed he was standing on the roadside with a bag, awaiting a vehicle. As per the hotel staff, Vikas had identified himself as Ankur, and had escaped the hotel before the police arrived.

"As per our information, Vikas Dubey is using a public transport for his movement in Delhi and the NCR (National Capital Region). The CCTV footage clearly showed he was waiting for a vehicle on the roadside," a senior police official told IANS. A massive manhunt for the gangster has been underway in the Delhi-NCR region.

Earlier in the day, the Special Task Force (STF) shot dead Amar Dubey in an encounter in Maudaha in Uttar Pradesh. Amar, a right hand man of gangster Vikas Dubey, figured prominently in the list of wanted persons released by the Kanpur police on Tuesday.

The Special Task Force (STF) shot dead Amar Dubey in an encounter in Maudaha on Wednesday morning. Amar Dubey, a right-hand man of gangster Vikas Dubey, who shot dead eight police personnel on Friday last, figured prominently in the list of wanted persons released by the Kanpur police on Tuesday.

He was a named accused in the massacre. Another accomplice of the gangster Shyamu Bajpai has also been arrested after an encounter by the Chaubeypur police on Wednesday morning. He has been injured in the encounter. Shyamu Bajpai also carries a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head.

Shyamu is the second member of the Vikas Dubey gang to be arrested, the first being Daya Shankar Agnihotri. Three others who have been arrested for helping the gangster include his maid Rekha, a relative Kshama Dubey and Suresh Varma-both of whom were cheering the gangster during the shootout.

Meanwhile, according to STF sources, the police team had received a tip-off about Amar Dubey's presence in Hamirpur district and when they tried to close in on him, the criminal opened fire on them. He was killed in retaliatory firing around 6.30 a.m, Amar was reportedly heading towards the house of one of his relatives in Maudaha area.

"We asked him to surrender but he opened fire at us and was killed when we returned the fire," said a STF official. Earlier, he had been hiding in Faridabad but moved out after police pressure increased there. Amar Dubey was a trusted accomplice of Vikas Dubey and the police had announced a reward of Rs 25,000 on him after the Kanpur massacre.

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