Lucknow : Two men have been killed in an encounter blitz in western Uttar Pradesh in a span of 24 hours. The police shot dead the two men in Noida and Saharanpur. Five others who are alleged to be involved in several criminal cases in UP were injured during gunfights with the police.
In Noida, about 15 kilometres from Delhi, police said they shot dead Shravan Chaudhary, who was wanted in murder cases in Noida and Delhi, after a brief gunfight this morning. He carried a reward of Rs 50,000 for his arrest. An AK-47 assault rifle and a heavy-calibre single-barrelled gun was found with him, the police said.
"Our team had information about the criminal coming to this area… There was heavy firing when he saw us. He used an AK-47," Noida senior police officer Ajay Pal Sharma said.
In another police action in neighbouring Dadri, a man identified as Jitendar who was carrying Rs 25,000 on his head was arrested after a brief gunfight, police said. He was hit in the exchange of fire.
In Saharanpur, a man identified as Ahsan died of bullet injuries after a gunfight with police. The police said they got an emergency call at 12:10 am on Sunday informing that a man on a motorcycle had snatched someone’s cash bag and accelerated away. The motorcyclist also shot at Nawab, who was carrying the cash bag.
The police then alerted all its checkpoints in Saharanpur. One of the checkpoints on Chilkana Road saw two men on a speeding motorcycle and challenged them. The two men fired at the police personnel and the police retaliated; Ahsan, who was wanted in robbery cases, was hit. Police said he died while he was being taken to hospital. They found a stolen motorcycle and a 9 millimetre handgun on him. Sub-inspector Sachin and the man whose cash bag was snatched are being treated for bullet wounds and are out of danger, police said.