Meerut (UP): A constable was today killed and another injured when criminals opened fire on the policemen who tried to stop them from fleeing.
One of the assailants was later killed in a shoot-out with a police team, Circle Officer Rupesh Sharma said, adding constable Ekant Yadav, 24, suffered fatal injuries in the attack by the criminals.
Constables Lokesh Bhati and Yadav were on night patrol when they received information at 2 AM about presence of two criminals at a shop near a tyre factory in Lisadi gate area.
When they reached the area, the two criminals opened fire on them and tried to flee on their motorcycle, Circle Officer Rupesh Sharma said, adding the two policemen were injured in the firing.
Meanwhile, SHO Ravinder Yadav along with his team surrounded the criminals and one of them was killed in exchange of fire while the other escaped.
Yadav, who hails from Nanglakala village in neighbouring Bulandshahr district and was married three months ago, succumbed to his injuries while Bhati is undergoing treatment.
The deceased criminal is yet to be identified, Sharma said.