Kanpur: Eight policemen in Uttar Pradesh were shot dead early on Friday at a village in Kanpur where they had gone to arrest a criminal wanted for murder.
The policemen arrived to indiscriminate firing from all sides by the criminal and his associates, all armed with AK-47s.
A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Divendra Kumar Mishra, three sub-inspectors and four constables were killed in Bikru village, which is 150 km from state capital Lucknow.
Two of the shooters were killed by the police.
Fifty policemen from three stations had gone to the village in search of a politically-connected, wanted gangster - Vikas Dubey - charged in 60 criminal cases including murder, kidnapping, extortion and rioting. A raid was planned at his village after he was accused in a fresh attempt to murder case.
"The intention was to arrest him. There was an ambush. The firing by criminals was from three sides and it was totally planned," said Dinesh Kumar, Kanpur's police chief.
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