Written by Angella Semu

A forensic team works near a toppled vehicle which was carrying Vikas Dubey, accused of killing eight policemen in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state

Police in India have shot dead one of the most notorious criminals in Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Dubey who has been on the run for over a week in connection to the brutal murder of eight police officers.

The inspector general of police, Mohit Agarwal confirmed the incident to India’s PTI news agency.

According to Agarwal, Dubey was in police custody transported from the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh when the car he was travelling in overturned.

He then stole a policeman’s gun and tried to flee from the scene before he was fatally shot by the officers when he refused to surrender.

Reports by BBC indicates that Dubey was transport to the nearby hospital where he was declared dead minutes after arrival at the hospital.

Other reports indicates that Dubey had more than 60 cases pending against him, including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, arson, and rioting.

In 2001, Dubey allegedly assassinated a state minister inside a police station and he was released on bail with assistance of some politicians with no case registered against him.

He had been walking with a group of armed men since then and witnesses against him often changed their testimonies or refused to appear in court.

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