Violent protests erupt in Ghaziabad after police gun down robbers(Second Lead)

March 4th, 2009 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, March 4 (IANS) An angry mob went on the rampage here Wednesday, ransacking a hospital, damaging a police post, over a dozen vehicles and critically injuring two policemen after two men were gunned down by the police allegedly for robbing a man.
Around 300 people barged into the district MMG Hospital here ariound 6 p.m., attacked police officials and tried to take away the bodies of the two men, said Superintendent of Police (City) Anant Dev.

Two police constables, identified as Satish Chandra and Vipin Kumar, were critically injured in the violence in Islam Nagar locality of Ghaziabad town, adjacent to New Delhi.

“After ransacking the post-mortem room of the hospital, the mob came out on the roads and started pelting stones, bricks and iron rods at public and private vehicles. They shouted slogans against the police and the Uttar Pradesh government,” Dev said.

The official said that the irate crowd then torched the police post near the New Bus Stand, set two police vehicles and three motorcycles on fire apart from damaging several buses.

The mob was protesting the killing of two young men, who robbed and beat up a businessman early Wednesday. They were gunned down by a police squad within hours of the alleged robbery, but two others escaped with the loot, the official said.

Dev told IANS that the robbers were shot dead in Indirapuram locality around 4.30 a.m.

He said four criminals travelling in a Qualis car seriously injured a man and robbed him at about 1.30 a.m. They then dumped the unconscious man near Haj House in Sahibabad.

When the victim, identified as Naushad, regained consciousness, he dragged himself to the main road and was spotted by a police patrol vehicle.

On the basis of Naushad’s complaint, the police chased the attackers and managed to gun down two of them. The others managed to escape with the money they had robbed from Naushad. Dev said two pistols and a knife were recovered from the Qualis.

The police said residents in the area had identified the two robbers as Salim and Feroz of Islam Nagar locality.

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