The special investigation team (SIT) formed by the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to probe the gangster Vikas Dubey case has recommended an Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe into the Rs 150 crore empire set-up by him and his accountant.
The SIT has also recommended action against 90 government officials for helping the slain gangster in setting up his empire. These officials belong to the police, food and revenue department, and rural development.
Notably, the SIT was formed to probe the massacre of eight cops who had gone to arrest Dubey on Kanpur on July 2 this year.
3,100-page SIT report
The SIT in its 3,100-page report said that the officials should be subjected to punishment, ranging from severe to mild, for remaining in constant touch with Dubey and helping him. The SIT, headed by additional chief secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, said the officials did not entertain any complaints against Dubey.
It said that the officials were instead involved in issuing weapons, SIM cards and passports to him and his gang on the basis of false documents. Strict action should be taken against officials who had helped the gang procure licensed weapons and ammunition and allowed them to amass it illegally, the report said.
While recommending that the ED should thoroughly probe the ‘ill-gotten’ property worth Rs 150 crore owned by the gangster and his accountant, the report added that FIRs should be registered against all those officials who had helped Dubey and his gang.
The Uttar Pradesh government in November suspended then Kanpur police chief Anant Dev after the SIT probe pointed to a nexus between Dubey and the police.
Vikas Dubey case history
The SIT was constituted after eight policemen were ambushed in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur as they headed there to arrest Dubey shortly after midnight on July 2. They were mowed down by bullets fired from the rooftops.
Dubey and his gang members absconded. Vikas Dubey was eventually caught from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain and then handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police.
Eight days later, on July 10, Dubey was shot dead by police when he was allegedly trying to escape from police custody while being brought back to Kanpur after his arrest in Ujjain. Political opponents had termed it as a fake encounter.
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