Cop shot dead in UP, assailant killed too

Police were conducting raid at a hotel to arrest wanted criminals

In yet another brazen act of violence against policemen, an Uttar Pradesh constable was shot dead late on Sunday in Lakhimpur Kheri, police said.

The incident took place at a local hotel where the policeman, along with a colleague, arrived to conduct checks after receiving information that criminals were present there.

Police said they had received specific information about wanted criminals at a hotel in Sankadadevi area. When the two policemen reached the hotel, they proceeded towards three persons sitting there.

Sudden firing

They opened fire all of a sudden, hitting constable Umesh Kumar in the stomach. Umesh Kumar was rushed to a trauma centre in Lucknow, where he was declared dead.  Police relayed the information on wireless, and the entire area was sealed off.

Cornered

One of the three assailants  was spotted near the railway station and cornered. In the exchange of fire, the assailant was killed.

The other two men who had earlier opened fire at the policemen in the hotel have not been traced yet.  The man killed in the exchange is Sumit, a resident of Kushinagar.

Police said Sumit was a known extortionist. He is wanted for cases in Bahraich, Barabanki and Gorakhpur.

In the last one month, two police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were killed in crimes committed in broad daylight.

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