Lucknow: There is no evidence against the Uttar Pradesh Police in the murder of gangster Vikas Dubey after his arrest last year.
An inquiry commission said in its report that the public, the media and the family of the offender did not present any evidence against the Uttar Pradesh Police, stating that it was a fake encounter.
Vikas Dubey and five of his associates were killed by the UP Police in July. The gangster attacked the police with an ambush, killing eight policemen.
Vikas Dubey was being brought back to UP in a police convoy when he was shot and killed. Police said that the car in which Dubey was traveling slipped and he snatched the gun of a policeman and opened fire on the police. The police also opened fire in retaliation.
There is "no evidence" to refute the police version of the encounter, but there is "enough material" to support it. The three-member inquiry panel has said in a report submitted to the UP government and the Supreme Court.
The judicial panel was set up following the petitions filed by the Supreme Court to investigate the encounter, alleging that it was a well-planned conspiracy by the police.
Sources say that the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice BS Chauhan has said that no one has been able to give any evidence against the police.
The panel report said, "We tried our best to gather evidence. Asked the public and the media to give their version. The media created many stories against the UP police, but none provided any evidence."
The panel reportedly said that "citizenship and non-participation by the media" defeated the purpose of establishing the commission of inquiry.
Sources said that Vikas Dubey's wife or family members did not provide any evidence against the police despite the best efforts of the panel.
The Commission of Inquiry says it issued notices in local papers for evidence, but no one spoke.
"Why didn't the media come forward to give evidence against the UP police? The media made so much noise against the police despite the panel's request. The media should be careful what they say and support their stories Do. They should have helped the commission," the report added.