Director Hansal Mehta known for his great work in films like Aligarh, Omerta and Shahid is now all set to direct a web series based on gangster Vikas Dubey, who was killed in an encounter by Uttar Pradesh police last month.

DSP Devendra Mishra and seven other policemen were ambushed in Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur where they were going to arrest Dubey and were killed after being fired upon from the rooftops.

Dubey had a reward of Rs five lakh on information leading to his arrest on his head, and was arrested six days later. He was killed in an encounter the next morning when the police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur met with an accident causing Dubey to attempt to escape.

“It is a reflection of our times and our system where politics, crime and lawmakers form a curious nexus. It is early to discuss approach but it will be approached responsibly and as a fascinating recounting. I see an edgy political thriller emerging out of this, and it will be very interesting to tell this story,” the director said in a statement.

“I have been following the whole story quite closely through news agencies and other means, killing of eight policemen shook the nation and started the seven days trail of Vikas Dubey which finally saw him killed in an encounter. I thought why not tell this story to the entire nation and bring out some real facts and go to the inner depth of the great to tell this story. I am overwhelmed to tell this story and really looking forward to it,” producer Shailesh R Singh stated.