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Amar Dubey, a close aide of gangster Vikas Dubey, the main accused in the cold-blooded ambush and murder of eight policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, was shot dead on July 8.

He was killed during an encounter by UP’s Special Task Force (STF) in Hamirpur district, about 200 km from state capital Lucknow. Another aide – Shyamu Bajpai – was arrested in a separate encounter in Kanpur.

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Vikas Dubey was spotted at a hotel in Haryana’s Faridabad near Delhi on Tuesday, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon, raids were conducted at the Faridabad hotel and three men were arrested during an encounter. The hotel manager said that a man resembling the wanted gangster had left the hotel before the cops reached. Police later confirmed the man was Vikas Dubey.

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Twenty-five teams of the UP police are conducting raids to arrest Dubey, who has been missing since Friday’s massacre. The bounty on him was increased to Rs 2.5 lakh from one lakh on Monday.

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Two cities in Haryana – Faridabad and Gurgaon – near Delhi are on a high alert and the Delhi Police has also been alerted amid speculation that the notorious criminal may surrender in the National Capital Region.