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A gangster on the run after killing eight policemen in the first week of July was arrested from a temple in Madhya Pradesh on July 9.

Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey was caught just as he emerged after praying at the Mahakal temple in Ujjain, where he had arrived after a 700-km road journey.

CCTV footage showed Vikas Dubey, in a mask, being taken away by half a dozen cops. “Main Vikas Dubey hoon, Kanpur wala (I am Vikas Dubey from Kanpur),” he shouted out while being taken to the police van.

Vikas Dubey was spotted around 7 am when he was apparently trying to enter the temple from a back gate. One version says he was buying prayer offerings to take inside the temple when the shopkeeper recognised him and alerted security guards. When he emerged from the temple, the guards questioned him.

He first produced a fake ID card of a much younger man with the last name “Paul”. When prodded, he hit out at the guards, who dragged him to the police.

It is not clear how Dubey, last spotted at a hotel in Faridabad, Haryana, on Wednesday, landed up in Ujjain with the police on his trail.

According to the police, Dubey drove to Ujjain from Kota in Rajasthan after he was spotted in Faridabad, Haryana.

He was in his own car with two associates and could pass off as an ordinary visitor in a white t-shirt and mask.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he was in touch with his UP counterpart Yogi Adityanath on the arrest and the criminal would be handed over to the UP police.