Over half a dozen men opened indiscriminate fire on policemen outside Hapur railway station near Ghaziabad on Tuesday afternoon in a bid to free two undertrials being taken to Amroha town in western Uttar Pradesh to produce them in court, officials said.
Three police constables were taking the duo, Chandraveer and Pintu Khateek, who have been booked for nearly a dozen cases of loot, kidnapping and other crimes. They were lodged in Bulandshahr district jail.
Bulandshahr is 125 km from Amroha town and 350 km from state capital Lucknow.
"They were being taken to Amroha district court when the incident took place," Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police Akhil Kumar told IANS.
The men first threw red chilli powder on the cops and then started firing, he added.
"Pintu received a gunshot in his arm. However, one constable, Gyanendra Malik, also fired at the miscreants forcing them to escape. Malik claimed that one of them received a bullet in his leg but all of them managed to escape from the spot," Kumar added.
Pintu has been taken to hospital and a hunt is on for the miscreants, he added.
The cops boarded a bus from Bulandshahr and were to board a train to Amroha from the Hapur railway station when the incident took place.
"Pintu is out of danger and the cops managed to prevent both of them from escaping," Kumar said.