Kanpur: A close aide of gangster Vikas Dubey was killed while he was trying to flee from police custody on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said.

Kartikeya alias Prabhat, who was arrested from Faridabad on Wednesday, was being brought to Kanpur on transit remand when he tried to flee from police custody, he added.

Kartikeya snatched the pistol of a policeman and opened fire at the STF personnel accompanying him, injuring two of them, the ADG said.

In the retaliatory firing, Kartikeya sustained bullet injuries and was rushed to a hospital, where he died, the officer said.

“Kartikeya, aide of gangster Vikas Dubey, succumbs to bullet injuries sustained while trying to flee from custody,” said UP ADG Prashant Kumar.

In another incident, UP Police shot dead a close aide of Vikas identified as Praveen alias Bauva Dubey on Thursday (July 9) morning.

Bauva carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head and was one of the accused in the ambush in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur in which eight policemen were killed on July 3.

The police have also arrested six other alleged accomplices and sent two of their own men behind bars in connection with the ambush which killed eight police personnel last week.

Vikas Dubey has been on the run since July 3 when the gangster and his henchmen caught a police party in ambush and killed 8 policemen. The encounter took place in Kanpur District in Uttar Pradesh.

A high alert was sounded in Noida on Wednesday, while heavy police presence was deployed in Film City in Noida's Sector 16, which comprises major media houses.

Reports suggest that Vikas Dubey is in Noida. However, there has been no official confirmation of this.