Kanpur, July 3:
Eight policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur were shot dead by some criminals a few hours ago, officials said.
A senior police officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police, three sub inspectors and four constables were shot dead by criminals in Dikru village in Kanpur, about 150 km from state capital Lucknow.
Teams from three police stations had gone to the village in search of a wanted criminal – Vikas Dubey – who has 60 cases registered against him. A raid was planned at his village after he was accused in a fresh attempt to murder case.
“The intention was to arrest him. There was an ambush. The firing by criminals was from three sides and it was totally planned,” said Dinesh Kumar, Kanpur’s police chief.
According to a statement issued by UP Director General of Police (DGP) HC Awasthi, the criminals had put up road blocks on the routes that lead to the village and once they were removed and the cops managed to get to the village, there was indiscriminate firing from the rooftops.