Political background of Vikas Dubey
Vikas Dubey was a gangster turned politician, based in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh,
with a long criminal record On July 10, 2020, he was gunned down after he
reportedly tried to flee when a convoy taking him from Ujjain to Kanpur
overturned dead. The circumstances surrounding the gangster’s encounter are
highly questionable at the present time.
The first-ever criminal case against him was registered in early 90s and by
2020, he had around 60 criminal cases against him. Currently, he is known for
his infamous massacre, connected to the killing of a Minister of State inside a
police station along with eight policemen,who attempted his arrest.
As has happened with many criminal-turned-politicians, Vikas Dubey's journey was
also reaching the safe-haven destination. He was preparing for contesting the
Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022, possibly on a BSP ticket.
His gangmen were preparing the ground in Raniya Assembly Constituency in Dehat
District of Kanpur which is a part of Akbarpur Lok Sabha Constituency. The seat
is currently held by Pratibha Shukla of the BJP.
Given the current political flavour of Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Dubey had
simultaneously been trying to get into the BJP. Some local reports have
suggested his entry into the BJP was being "blocked" by a national-level party
Becoming an MLA was his "immediate and much-needed" goal. Vikas Dubey was,
however, not a green horn in politics. His rise in the crime world happened
through political backing.
Vikas Dubey was first arrested as a teenager around 1990, when he attacked
somebody over an altercation with his father. Some local politicians got him
released even without a FIR being registered.
He had powerful connections with politicians, who approached him during every
election seeking votes in return for protection from law. The political backing
was his tool to get released on bail, despite being involved in a number of case
where heinous crimes have been committed. His last bail was secured in 2018,
when he had over 150 criminal cases slapped on him.
By mid-1990s, Vikas Dubey was a BSP member, and the party chief, Mayawati was
the UP Chief Minister. Later, he was reportedly cajoled by the Samajwadi Party
before 2012 polls which resulted in the Samajwadi Party winning the Raniya
Lately, he had been developing closer contacts with the BJP leaders, which won
the seat in 2017.
At the time of the murder of Santosh Shukla (he was a BJP leader and was
murdered by latter inside the police station in 2001), Vikas Dubey was a Zilla
Panchayat member from Ghimau, 2000-05. It became a reserved seat in 2005, after
which Vikas Dubey got his "men" elected to the Zilla Panchayat till 2015. In
2015, this seat was reserved for women.
Vikas Dubey's wife, Richa, who is now in police custody had won the seat "as the
day before polling Vikas Dubey and his gangmen toured constituency telling
people to vote for her".
Gangster Vikas Dubey was shot dead while trying to escape after a car accident
in Uttar Pradesh, the police said on Friday morning, a day after his dramatic
arrest in Madhya Pradesh.
The statement given by the police who were in charge and were present there at
the time of encounter seems dissatisfying and leaves the people with many
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