Police gun down three men in Uttar Pradesh town

March 5th, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, March 5 (IANS) Three men wanted in several cases were killed by the police Thursday in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly town after a two-hour-long gun battle, a police official said. Five policemen were injured in the process, three of them critically.
“The encounter took place this (Thursday) morning in Tilak Colony in Bareilly, some 250 km from Lucknow,” Superintendent of Police (Rural) Vijay Gautam told IANS on phone.

According to police, the three alleged criminals have been identified as Rakesh Patra, Mahesh and Suresh Dalal, who had nearly 30 cases of murder, contract killing, loot and dacoity pending against them.

“Acting on a tip-off, we raided a hideout in the Tilak Colony following which the three opened fire at a police team. It was only after a two-hour shootout we managed to gun down the three,” said Gautam.

The injured policemen are being treated at a hospital here, where the condition of three policemen is said to be critical, he added.

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