Vikas Dubey Encounter: Clean chit to UP Police, "no one gave evidence"
Lucknow : No evidences have been found against Uttar Pradesh police in alleged killing of gangster Vikas Dubey after his arrest last year. The inquiry commission blamed public, media and criminal's family for not coming forward with proof.
Last year in July, UP Police had killed Vikas Dubey and his five associates in an encounter, days after the gangster set up an ambush in which eight policemen were killed.
Vikas Dubey was shot dead after he allegedly tried to escape from police's arrest while he was being brought to UP. The police claimed that his car flipped and he snatched a policeman's gun, tried to escape and opened fire when they shot him.
No material evidences could be found to counter police version of the encounter. The inquiry panel said that there is "sufficient material" to support the police claim.
Supreme Court had appointed three-member panel to investigate the matter after petitions were filed against police actions, some tagging it as fake encounter.
The inquiry commission headed by Justice BS Chauhan has claimed that noone, including media and the family of the criminal, have come forward with any evidence against the police.
"We did our best to collect evidence, asking the public and media to give their version. The media carried so many stories against the UP police but none gave any evidence," NDTV quoted a source in its report.
The "non-participation by citizenry and media" defeated the purpose of establishing the Inquiry Commission, the panel has reportedly said.
The inquiry commission says it issued notices in local papers for evidence but nobody turned up.
"Why did the media not come forward to give evidence against UP police? Media made so much noise against the police despite the panel's request," sources questioned.