Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey killed by police in an encounter faced a total of 61 criminal cases, including eight of murder involving the killing of at least 15 people.
The last murder case registered in UP’s Chaubeypur police station in Kanpur district following the ambush of a police team by his henchmen alone accounts for the killing of eight policemen, besides the seven other cases of murder registered against him between 1992 and 2017, reveals a police history sheet on Vikas Dubey’s offences.
In his three-decade as a criminal, starting in 1990, Vikas Dubey faced nine cases of attempts to murder besides two under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances or NDPS Act, seven under the Gangsters Act, six under the Goonda Act, three under the Arms Act, besides a slew of cases for various other penal offences.
Nearly 80 per cent of the 61 FIRs registered against him were filed during the first half of his criminal career which came to a gory end on Friday.
The first case against Vikas Dubey, a native of Bikru village under Chaubeypur police station in Kanpur, was registered against him in 1990 for causing “grievous hurt” and “provoking breach of peace” by intentional insult, reveal official documents accessed by news agency Press Trust of India.
Vikas Dubey was around 30 years old when he was charged under the National Security Act in 2001. The FIR was lodged at the Shivli police station in Kanpur.
According to the document on Vikas Dubey’s criminal antecedents, 48 of the 61 FIRs were registered between 1990 and 2005 at various police stations in the Kanpur district itself.
Between 2006 and 2020, a total of 12 FIRs (20 per cent) were registered against him with the last three of them registered at the Chaubeypur police station.
The last one was lodged there after the last week’s ambush of a police team by Vikas Dubey’s henchmen, in which eight police officials, including a deputy superintendent of police, were killed.
The second half of Dubey’s life as a criminal saw a seven-year lull from 2008 to 2014 when no FIR was lodged against him until 2017, when he was asked by an executive magistrate to execute a bond under section 110 of the Criminal Procedure Code to vouch for his behaviour.
The first murder case against Vikas Dubey was lodged in 1992 and overall eight FIRs were lodged against him under Indian Penal Code section 302 till date, the second last of which came in 2017. He also had nine cases of attempted murder on his name.
Seven times between 1993 and 2018, he was charged under the Gangsters Act, while he faced charges under the Goonda Act six times between 1997 and 2017.
Vikas Dubey was also charged under the Arms Act thrice respectively in 1993, 2002 and 2017.
He was charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in 1998 and 2006, when a case was lodged against him in Saharanpur. This was for the first time that he was charged outside Kanpur.
The second time he was charged in Lucknow under the Arms Act.
The mastermind of the Kanpur ambush was shot dead early on Friday in an encounter with the police along a highway on the outskirts of the city after he tried to flee from their custody, a day after he was arrested at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.