A man allegedly involved in cow slaughter was killed while another was injured in an exchange of fire with the police in Rampur district, an official said on Sunday.
While investigating a case of cow slaughter in the Patwai police station area, the police received information that the accused would arrive in Moradabad late on Saturday night in a vehicle,” said Rampur Superintendent of Police Rajesh Dwivedi.
The Patwai police set up a checkpoint, and while checking cars, they noticed a vehicle approaching at high speed from Moradabad. However, upon seeing the checkpoint, the car turned around and fled, prompting the police to chase the vehicle,” the officer said.
“The driver lost control of the wheel, and the car overturned in the Milak police station area. The two accused emerged from the car and began firing at the police officials, who retaliated in self-defence. In the exchange of gunfire, both accused sustained injuries and were rushed to the district hospital where Sajid (23) succumbed to his injuries during treatment while another accused, Bablu, is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital,” he said.
Dwivedi said that both Sajid and Bablu were residents of Moradabad and had a long criminal history. A case had been registered under section IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) and the Arms Act. “The car, country-made pistols, ammunition, electronic weighing machine and equipment used in cow slaughtering have been seized,” the SP added.