Uttar Pradesh Police are investigating a reported letter from Deputy SP Devendra Kumar Mishra alleging links between wanted history writer Vikas Dubey and a local police station chief. On Friday, Mishra was one of eight police officers killed in a botched raid to arrest Dubey in Bikru village in Kanpur. Chaubeypur Local Police Station Police Officer Vinay Tiwari has been suspended as police investigate whether Dubey was tipped off about the raid.
Three more staff at Chaubeypur station were suspended on Monday, while police arrested three alleged accomplices of Dubey in connection with the shooting.
The letter circulated on Monday, signed by DySP Mishra and addressed to Anant Deo, the district superintendent of police (SSP), spoke of Tiwari’s “close relations” with Dubey and said it could lead to a serious incident . It cited an FIR registered on March 13 against Dubey for racketeering, saying that SO Tiwari had removed the section on extortion and threats and had taken no action.
Incidentally, of the six individuals named in that FIR, four are charged with Friday’s shooting.
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Inspector General (IG), Kanpur Range, Mohit Agarwal said they had taken note of the letter. “We have asked the (current) SSP to submit a report. We will see when this letter has been sent and what has been taken note of.”
In a video statement late Monday, current SSP Dinesh Kumar P said he had found no evidence of such a letter, after checking several offices. “During preliminary investigation, it was found that when we checked the sending and receiving register, we made no mention of this letter,” the SSP said.
Deputy SP Devendra Kumar Mishra
He also said that they had not found any file showing that any complaint against SO Tiwari had been received after the FIR. “However, we are still conducting a deeper investigation and we will confirm how genuine this letter is,” the SSP said.
The Indian Express has a copy of the March 13 FIR mentioned in the letter, allegedly written by Mishra. Recorded by one Roli Shukla of Bikru, it accuses six people including Dubey of raiding her house with guns, beating her up and threatening to kill her family unless they paid Rs 2 lakh. Besides Dubey, three others named by her, Shivam Dubey, Amar Dubey and Gopal Saini, are named in the FIR filed by the police during Friday’s incident.
In the letter allegedly written by him, Mishra expressed his concern that changes in the March 13 FIR sent the message that the police station in charge was sympathetic to “such a powerful and heinous criminal” (meaning Dubey means), and sought action against Tiwari. “Somehow Vinay Tiwari is known to be a frequent visitor to Vikas Dubey even earlier and talk to him regularly. Therefore, if the head of the police station does not change his behavior, a serious incident may occur,” the letter said.
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The letter added: “…an FIR was registered against interstate strongman Vikas Dubey and other co-defendants under sections 386 (extortion by frightening a person to death or grievous injury), 147 (rioting), 148 (riots armed with a deadly weapon). ), 323 (deliberately hurt), 504 (deliberate insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal harassment) of the IPC… against such a criminal and to keep the peace, as the ordinary citizen does not have the courage to complain to him. I had also informed you about the said incident… Since no action had been taken in the matter till now, I checked the General Diary the next day and found that the Sub-Inspector of the Investigating Officer (IO) Azhar Irshad Section 386 IPC ( has) and said the incident was just an old enmity. It has also been reported that top officials have been informed about this. When I questioned the IO, he said he removed the section and made the changes towards the police station in charge.”
Incidentally, former Kanpur SSP Deo, to whom the letter is addressed, admitted on Sunday that he had received complaints from DySP Mishra about Tiwari, but said such disparities between seniors and juniors were common and not directly related to what was happened. On Monday, Deo, who is now a DIG in the STF investigating the shooting, was unavailable for comment.
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The three Chaubeypur station staff suspended on Monday are Sub-Inspectors Kunwar Pal Singh and Krishna Kumar Verma, and Officer Rajeev. “Based on the investigation report, action will be taken against them,” said SSP Dinesh Kumar P.
Among the three arrested on Monday are two neighbors of Dubey, Suresh Verma and Kshama Dubey, and Dubey’s domestic help, Rekha Agnihotri.
The Uttar Pradesh government has increased the reward for Dubey, who remains missing, to Rs 2.5 lakh