Editorial

Death of a Don

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/11/2020 1:03:57 PM IST

 Whether it was fatal justice or simply murder; the controversy surrounding the killing of Kanpur’s dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey has not only raised questions over the Uttar Pradesh Police’s modus operandi but has also brought the focus once again on how the Yogi Adityanath government has reduced UP police “to an encounter tool”. The death of the Kanpur mafia don Vikash Dubey, has also led most people in accepting it as retributive justice for the gangster has been thumbing his nose at the law for the past 29 years. He had 62 cases registered against him that included five cases of murder and eight cases of attempt to murder. In 2001, he openly shot dead BJP leader Santosh Shukla, who was then a Minister of State, in the Shivli police station but was never convicted. It is the end of Dubey and perhaps the end of the sordid chapter of those in high places of power who have been beneficiary accomplices of the gangster. Though Dubey is dead and many will agree that a person like him does not deserve to live; however, the law does not condone two wrongs to make one right. Questions are being raised on the veracity of the killing of the Kanpur Don by the Opposition as well as former police officers, human rights activists and sections of the media. A PIL has also been filed in the Supreme Court seeking neutral probe into the facts and circumstances in the killing and alleged links of police officers, bureaucrats and politicians with the Kanpur Don. On assuming the post of chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath declared his intention of making the state crime-free. The point is whether it meant getting rid of criminals instead of crimes. There has been much said and written about how ‘encounter politics’ is shaping the affairs in the BJP-ruled state ever since Yogi Adityanath took charge in March 2017 as the chief minister. In December 2019, the UP Police had tweeted that 5,178 encounters happened from March 2017 to December 2019 in which 103 criminals were killed and 1,859 got injured. There are too many unanswered questions against the UP police version of the ‘encounter’ and they were anything but convincing. Media following the Don and the escort were stopped just ten kms short of the ‘encounter’ site. After the ‘encounter’ took place, police said the vehicle carrying the Don, skidded to avoid a herd of cows then turned on its side. Police said Dubey managed to flee after grabbing a gun. He was then shot dead while attempting to escape. Media persons did not see any skid marks where the vehicle was supposed to have skidded. Also if Dubey was shot while fleeing then how did the Post Mortem report reveal he had four chest wounds? Even top criminal lawyers of Lucknow found the story “too naïve” and “utterly weak” even for a fourth-rate Bollywood thriller. According to a former police officer, if the cops are given that much impunity, they can kill anybody and fabricate a story to justify the killings. Many have alleged that the ‘encounter killing’ was done in order to relieve politicians and senior brass who were in cahoots with the gangster so that their links with Dubey won’t be probed. Therein lies the travesty of justice in a state where custodial deaths are justified as ‘encounters’. 

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