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8 UP policemen killed during raid in Kanpur: How it happened | India News

NEW DELHI: In a shocking incident, eight police personnel, including a deputy superintendent of police, were shot dead when a local criminal and his associates sprayed them with bullets in Kanpur in the wee hours of Friday.
Here is what we know so far:
*The encounter took place when the police team was approaching to arrest Vikas Dubey, a history sheeter facing 60 criminal cases, in Dikru village under Chaubeypur police station on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, police said.
*As the police team was about to reach the hideout of the dreaded criminal, a hail of bullets was showered on them from a building rooftop, leaving deputy SP Devendra Mishra, three sub-inspectors and four constables dead, officials said.
*Giving details of the incident, Uttar Pradesh director general of police H C Awasthi said the notorious criminal might have got an inkling of the impending raid.
*He and his henchmen put up massive roadblocks to prevent the police personnel from proceeding towards their hideout. As the police team was caught unawares, the criminals fried at them from a building rooftop leading to the deaths, Awasthi said.
*According to some reports, the gangster and his men later looted the arms of the policemen and made an easy escape.
*On getting information about the incident, additional DG (Law and Order), IG (Kanpur) and the senior SP of Kanpur rushed to the spot, where a forensic team has started investigations. The forensic team will be joined by another team from Lucknow.
*IG Kanpur Mohit Agarwal said that the borders of the district had been sealed and forces from several adjoining police stations had been called in for combing operations to arrest the accused.
*The injured policemen have been admitted to the hospital and the condition of two of them is said to be critical.
*The Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh police has also been pressed into action, the DGP said.
*Chief minister Yogi Adityanath paid tributes to the slain policemen and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to their family members.

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