New Delhi: Eight policemen were shot dead at a village in Kanpur where they had gone to arrest a criminal wanted for murder.
As the police team was about to reach the hideout of the dreaded criminal, a hail of bullets was showered on them from a building rooftop, leaving 8 UP policemen dead.
The incident happened when the police team had gone to raid history-sheeter Vikas Dubey’s house. Reports say the criminals had prior information about the police’s raid and were well prepared.
A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Divendra Kumar Mishra, three sub-inspectors and four constables were killed in Dikru village, which is 150 km from state capital Lucknow.
8 policemen who were martyred in Kanpur encounter:
Devendra Mishra, Deputy SP
Sub Inspector Mahesh Chandra Yadav
Sub Inspector Anup Kumar Singh
Sub Inspector Nebu Lal
Constable Jitendra Pal
Constable Sultan Singh
Constable Bablu Kumar
Constable Rahul Kumar
Awasthi said seven policemen were also injured in the encounter and they have been rushed to a hospital.
A combing operation is on and the entire area has been sealed, he said.
2 criminals gunned down by policemen
The UP Inspector General Kanpur said that two criminals involved in the killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur were neutralized by the cops.
“During a combing operation following last night’s encounter, two police personnel were injured and two criminals have been neutralised,” Mohit Agarwal, IG Kanpur told reporters.
“We have also recovered weapons that were used in firing at the police personnel at night. A search operation is currently underway to nab other accused. Villagers have been called for the identification of the two deceased criminals,” he added.
How criminals laid trap for police team, manhunt launched to nab them
UP DGP HC Awasthi said that the operation is still underway to nab the criminals who had fled after shooting at the police.
Revealing details of the operation, the DGP said that police had gone to arrest the history-sheeter in a village called Bikaru. JCBs were put up there which obstructed our vehicles. When the force got down, criminals opened fire. We retaliated but since the criminals were at a height, eight of our men died.
Kanpur: ADG Law and Order Prashant Kumar visits spot of encounter in Bikaru village where 8 police personnel lost their lives after being fired upon by criminals pic.twitter.com/7mdJwK6bfG
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The forensic team from Kanpur and an epert team from Lucknow have been sent to the spot. The Kanpur Special Task Force (STF) is already at work. A large scale operation is being carried out.
Inspector General (IG), Additional Director General (ADG) and Director General (DG) (Law & Order) are supervising the operation.