The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday (July 8) detained gangster Vikas Dubey’s brother-in-law from Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol district, according to a local police officer.
Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh STF also took the son of Dubey’s brother-in-law into their custody on Monday (July 6), Shahdol’s Additional Superintendent of Police Pratima Mathew said.
“Raju Nigam, who is Vikas Dubey’s brother-in-law (brother of Dubey’s wife), and his son Adarsh have been taken into custody by the UP STF,” she said.
Nigam was living in Shahdol district’s Budhar town since the past 12 years, she said, adding that the UP STF took the action after informing the local police.
After his son was nabbed, Nigam told reporters on Tuesday (July 7) that he was not in touch with Dubey for the past 15 years, and feared he and his son could be booked in a fake case and killed in an encounter.
Eight policemen were ambushed at Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district when they were going to arrest Vikas Dubey and were killed due to bullets fired from rooftops shortly after Friday midnight.
Dubey, who carries a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh, is absconding.
Meanwhile, suspended Chaubeypur station officer Vinay Tiwari and another policeman were arrested on Wednesday on charges of leaking information about police action to gangster Vikas Dubey prior to last weeks encounter in Kanpur, in which eight policemen were killed.
Tiwari and beat in-charge of Bikru KK Sharma, who were suspended soon after the encounter, have also been arrested on charges of fleeing the encounter site and putting the lives of other policemen in danger, Senior Superintendent of Police (Kanpur) Dinesh Kumar Prabhu said.
Both the suspended sub-inspectors were detained for questioning and later arrested, he said. A separate FIR has been registered at the Chaubeypur police station against Tiwari and Sharma for allegedly fleeing the encounter site, a police spokesperson said.
Both the SIs allegedly tipped off Dubey, a dreaded gangster, about the impending police raid, he added. Tiwari is said to have been grilled by sleuths from the Uttar Pradesh STF.
(With inputs from agencies)