Slain DSP Devendra Mishra’s daughter Vaishnavi
LUCKNOW: Amid the chorus of voices questioning the circumstances of gangster Vikas Dubey’s encounter death last Friday, the daughter of slain DSP Devendra Mishra has said she is “proud” of UP Police and relieved that the man who orchestrated the July 3 ambush in which her father and seven other cops were brutally killed had “met the same fate”. “Vikas Dubey was a dreaded criminal who killed my father in cold blood,” 20-year-old Vaishnavi Mishra, the eldest daughter of late DSP Mishra, told TOI on the eve of her father’s “terahvin” – the 13th day ritual that marks the end of mourning period.
“He (Mishra) wanted me to become a doctor, but as the eldest one in the family, my priorities have now changed…I won’t let his effort as an officer go in vain. I will also join the police service and get rid of criminals.”
Dubey’s gang shot Mishra in the head and chest from point-blank range before severing his toes with an axe.
Vaishnavi, who lit the funeral pyre of her father, said eliminating the policecriminal nexus was critical to establishing the rule of law. Without directly referring to how a couple of police personnel tipped off Dubey about her father leading a contingent to Bikru to arrest him, she said, “My father always stood up for righteousness and the truth, told us never to tell a lie. Truth triumphs, though it takes time. One should never compromise with truth.”
On being supported by the government throughout her family’s ordeal, Vaishnavi said: “CM Yogi Adityanath is like my father. He did whatever he promised us.”