New Delhi: The dramatic killing of notorious gangster Vikas Dubey on early Friday morning definitely raised some pertinent questions after the Uttar Pradesh Police claimed he was shot dead in an alleged ‘encounter’, when he tried to escape. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: Major Fire Breaks Out at Chemical Factory in Meerut, 6 Fire Tenders on Spot

Dubey, the mastermind behind the killing of 8 policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, was killed amid an accident in which a convoy of UP Special Task Force (STF) that was bringing back the gangster from Madhya Pradesh to Kanpur got overturned. The UP Police claimed that he tried to flee the scene and tried to fire at the police. Also Read - Noida: Decomposed Body of 10-year-old Boy Found at Construction Site Days After he Went Missing

However, video footage and witness accounts have been emerging since then suspecting the encounter to be a “fake”, akin with the controversial Hyderabad encounter. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: CBI Raids BSP MLA Vinay Shankar Tiwari's Premises in Bank Fraud Case Worth Rs 754 Crore

Here are the five big questions being raised:

1. Why was Vikas Dubey’s car switched while shifting him to Kanpur?

A video footage at 4 AM from a toll plaza en route his shifting from Ujjain to Kanpur showed him in a different car from the one that overturned.

2. Why was the criminal charged with over 60 criminal cases, including murders, not handcuffed?

Vikas Dubey, almost worshipped like a god in his village in Uttar Pradesh, was accused in the killing of then UP Minister Santosh Shukla in 2001. He has more than 60 criminal charges that he was never convicted against. Yet, when he sat in the car early morning, he managed to steal a pistol as the police weapons were not secured, and neither was Dubey handcuffed.

3. Why was the media stopped 2 km away from the accident and encounter spot?

Media vehicles had been following the high-profile case as the criminal was being transferred to UP Police a week after the Kanpur encounter. Interestingly, they were all stopped at the toll plaza just 2 km away from the scene of the dramatic encounter.

4. Gunshots were heard by locals, but there were no witnesses to the accident. Was it staged?

A road accident will surely make a crashing sound as loud as the gunshots, but no one heard or saw the accident. The firing was, however, heard by the locals.

5. Why was there a Supreme Court plea suspecting a fake encounter less than a day before the killing?

Hours before Uttar Pradesh’s most-wanted criminal Vikas Dubey was killed, a plea was moved in the Supreme Court seeking directions for the UP government to conduct a thorough investigation fearing fake encounters of Dubey and his aides.

Vikas Dubey was arrested in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh yesterday and was handed back to the UP Police this morning. However, a video that surfaced following his arrest almost hinted that he surrendered without resistance.