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KANPUR: Stepping up the heat on the Vikas Dubey gang with two encounters in six hours and multiple arrests, UP Police on Wednesday shot dead a nephew of the fugitive don who was known to be his shadow and recaptured another aide and three others when they tried to shoot and scoot during a search for an ammunition dump inside a forest close to where eight cops had been killed last Friday.
Later in the day, the STF picked up Dubey’s brother-in-law and childhood friend Raju Khullar, alias Gyanendra, from MP’s Shahdol. Khullar’s son, Adarsh, had been picked up days ago but the arrest wasn’t made public until after his father was detained.
Amar Dubey, the most-wanted gangster’s nephew and bodyguard, was killed during a shootout at Hamirpur in UP’s Bundelkhand region, bordering MP, ADG Prashant Kumar said. An STF member and a constable were injured in the exchange of fire that took place on Maudaha Road, where Amar had been intercepted based on a tip-off by three accomplices nabbed from a hotel in Haryana’s Faridabad late on Tuesday.
Married nine days ago to a girl whose family gave their consent at gunpoint, Amar had been on the run since the ambush on a police contingent that had gone to Bikru village near Kanpur on Friday to arrest his boss and uncle. There was a reward of Rs 50,000 on Amar’s head. On Tuesday, police had released posters and sketches of Amar and 14 other wanted gang members. Amar is the third relative and aide of Dubey to be hunted down since the guerrilla-style ambush on the police contingent. Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey, both uncles of the don, were shot dead in the Shivli forest near Bikru within hours of the attack on the cops in which an officer of DSP rank was among the casualties.
Amar’s mother Kshama and two others, including a domestic worker, were arrested on Monday on charges of complicity in the ambush. In the second encounter of the day, Dubey’s henchman Shyamu Bajpai was chased down along with three accomplices involved in a brief exchange of fire deep inside the Shivli forest. The quartet was guiding a police team to an ammunition dump when Bajpai picked a pistol kept hidden in a ditch and opened fire, an official said. As he was fleeing, Bajpai was shot in the leg and nabbed. A .315 bore pistol and several cartridges were seized from him.

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