New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh’s most-wanted gangster Vikas Dubey, who was behind the killing of eight policemen in Kanpur, was spotted at a hotel in Faridabad on Tuesday. However, he escaped minutes before the local police arrived for the raid, the police said on Wednesday. Also Read - Mission Shakti: Noida Police Asks Public to Identify 'Dark Spots' in The City to Ensure Women Safety
According to intelligence reports received by UP Police, Vikas was staying under a fake identity in a small-budget hotel located in the populated Badkhal Chowk area of Faridabad. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: Major Fire Breaks Out at Chemical Factory in Meerut, 6 Fire Tenders on Spot
A CCTV footage later recovered confirmed Dubey’s presence at the hotel donning a dark black shirt, jeans and mask. Another CCTV grab showed he was standing on the roadside with a bag, awaiting a vehicle. Also Read - Noida: Decomposed Body of 10-year-old Boy Found at Construction Site Days After he Went Missing
Two others associated with him – Ankur, the hotel staff who helped the criminal in hiding, and Prabhat, an associate from his village – were arrested.
“As per our information, Vikas Dubey is using 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.
At least 25 teams of the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh police have been on a rigorous manhunt to nab Vikas Dubey since the Friday massacre. The wanted fugitive carries a bounty on him that was increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh.
Earlier in the day, the Special Task Force (STF) shot dead Amar Dubey, a right-hand man of gangster Vikas Dubey, in an encounter in Maudaha in Uttar Pradesh. Another aide, Shyamu Bajpai, who carried a reward of Rs 25,000 has also been arrested in Chaubeypur district following an encounter.
With IANS inputs