Two criminals killed by Uttar Pradesh police (Lead)

December 20th, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Two criminals were shot dead in an encounter here, police said Saturday.The two men, identified as Luvkush and Moolchand of Fatehpur district, died in an exchange of fire around 11.30 p.m. Friday.

“The criminals were on a Hero Honda Splendor bike and opened fire on a police inspector when he tried to stop them during a routine vehicle check,” Lucknow police chief Akhil Kumar told IANS.

He said the police team followed and shot them in a subsequent exchange of fire that took place in the Hassanganj locality of the state capital here.

A revolver, a Mauser pistol and a diary were recovered from them, he added.

Kumar said there were nearly 10 criminal cases lodged against the two men in Fatehpur district, about 140 km from here. Each carried a cash reward of Rs.10,000 on his head.

“We have also come across vital links after scanning the telephone numbers in the diary and hope to arrest more criminals soon,” a police officer said on condition of anonymity.

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