A constable was shot dead and another injured during an encounter with a criminal in Phateullahpur locality of Lisari Gate area in Meerut on Monday night.
Constables Ekant Yadav and Lokesh Bhati spotted hardcore criminal Noora riding a motorcycle at around 1.30am on Monday night and signalled him to stop. He, however, sped off and the cops chased him. After some distance Noora's motorcycle slipped and the cops caught up with him. The cornered criminal then opened fire on the constables and Ekant received a gun shot in his abdomen while Lokesh also sustained injuries. The cops also opened fire and criminal received serious injuries.
Meanwhile, Lokesh informed neighbouring police stations and police force rushed to the spot. SP (City) Om Prakash Singh also arrived at the encounter site. The Injured cops and the criminal were taken to the nearby hospital where Ekant and the criminal succumbed to their injuries during treatment while the condition of Lokesh was stated to be out of danger.
Noora, 30, of Kankerkhera area, had 13 cases of loot and other crimes against him in Kankerkhera, Lisari gate and Sadar police stations. He was out on bail after being in jail for over a year.
Ekant Yadav, a resident of neighbouring Bulandshahar, had got married only three months' ago. "He was a hardworking and sincere cop," said Alok Sharma, IG, Meerut Zone , adding that "his last rites would be performed at his native village in Secundrabad area of the district."
Meanwhile, the sister of the criminal has blamed the police for killing her brother in a fake encounter.
Replying to the charges, the IG said: "Noora was a hardcore criminal and his elder brother too was a hardcore criminal while the sister was an associate in their crimes." He said she would also be booked for conniving with her brothers in criminal acts.
The IG, too, posed a question: "If it was a fake encounter then how the constable sustained fatal injuries in it?"