One of the police officers, who have been arrested on the allegation of "connivance" with Kanpur gangster Vikas Dubey, has moved the Supreme Court seeking protection of his life from the UP Police.
Sub-inspector Krishn Kumar Sharma, who is among the five police officers who were suspended for dereliction of duty and acting as informants for Dubey, has urged the court to transfer the matter to CBI or constitute a SIT, to ensure a lawful, fair, reasonable and transparent investigation.
Sharma and four other police officers posted at the Chaubeypur Police Station are accused of tipping off Dubey and his aides about the police raid on July 3, which led to the outrageous killings of 8 policemen in Bikru village near Kanpur.
Denying the allegations, Sharma has submitted that he was directed by his senior, station officer Vinay Tiwari, that a Police team was going to arrest "some criminal" and he was ordered to conduct cross checking at the GT crossing road. Thus, Sharma claims to be unaware of the raid.
Significantly, Vinay Tiwari is also under suspension on the allegation of leaking information to the gangster and fleeing the encounter site.
Sharma has invoked the criminal writ jurisdiction of the Top Court, through Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey, apprehending that he will also be encountered by the UP Police, just like Dubey and his alleged aides.
"The extra judicial killings of the all of the above accused shows plentiful conduct and modus operandi of the all the investigative agencies responsible for investigation of the present FIR. It is clearly evident that the institutions tasked with the protection of law and order in the state have taken law into their own hands and have been killing the accused persons as soon as arresting such persons," Sharma has submitted while seeking protection of his right to life.
In the interregnum, he has asked the Court to restrain the Respondents from taking him outside the jail, where he is presently lodged, for any interrogation.
He has also informed the Court that he, or other police officers who have been suspended, are not named in the FIR that was registered in connection to martyrdom of the eight police personnel on the fateful night of July 3.
The petition has been settled by Senior Advocate Ashok Kumar Sharma and drawn by Advocate Kshitij Mudgal.
Yesterday, the UP Government formed a SIT headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhusreddy, to investigate the rise of Vikas Dubey and involvement of the police in his deep-rooted criminal network.
Over 60 criminal cases, including allegations of murder, were pending against Dubey, who was allegedly killed in a police encounter on Friday morning. The incident has given rise to a massive debate around police/ political involvement with the gangster and several representations have been placed before the Supreme Court as well as the Allahabad High Court seeking a judicial probe.