Two constables and a home guard were injured when a crude bomb was hurled on a police patrol party in the wee hours on Monday.
The two unidentified criminals who hurled the bomb managed to escape.
According to reports, at about 2.30 in the morning, two patrol parties -- one comprising constables Satyendra Kumar Tripathi, Sheshnath Tiwari and Ranvijay Singh and another consisting of constables Jaiprakash Saroj and Sumit Kumar --met at the Durga temple near Amber market in Naka.
While Sheshnath’s group came from Vijaynagar side, the other patrol party came from Motinagar side.
“Minutes after we met Jaiprakash and Sumit, two persons came from the Charbagh side on a two-wheeler and before we could understand what they intended, they hurled a bomb on us.
Then they sped away towards Preet market,” said Satyendra Kumar Tripathi in his statement to the Naka police.
Minutes before the incident, ASP (crime) RK Singh was present on the spot, monitoring the patrolling in the city.
The manner in which the bomb was thrown suggested clearly that the cops were the target.
The dense smoke that emanated from the bomb after it exploded made it difficult for the cops to identify the criminals.
Also the pellet injuries made it difficult for them to chase the miscreants.
Home guard Ranvijay Singh sustained severe injuries in his leg while the other cops had to be given first aid.
This was the second major incident in Naka after four miscreants looted Rs 9 lakh from employees of a trading agency in Aryanagar under Naka police station last Tuesday.
Cops are yet to work out that loot case.
The loot took place barely 250 metres from the police station and the bomb was also hurled near the police out-post.
The investigating team has taken the statement of the victim cops and are trying to trace the attackers.
As the bomb was hurled at a time when there was no crowd, cops are also trying to figure out whether the incident is related to any of the past cases.
The injured cops are unable to comprehend why they were targeted.