Miscreants fire on policemen

HYDERABAD: Two policemen were killed while three others including a Circle Inspector and a Home Guard suffered bullet injuries, when two armed assailants opened fire on them during vehicle checking at Suryapet Town Bus stand,  in Nalgonda district, in  the wee hours on Thursday.

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  • Constable, Home guard Killed on spot
  • 3 others Injured in the incident at Suryapet
  • DGP rushes to the place of action
  • Culprits are suspected to have come from UP, Bihar

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The Director General of Police, Telangana State, Anurag Sharma, who visited the spot this morning, later informed the media that the incident occurred shortly after midnight, when a police team, led by CI Moghalaiah was carrying out checking of buses. While fleeing, the assailants fired at some cars, as a result of which a Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) member Dorababu suffered bullet injuries on his shoulder.

The DGP said it was suspected that the culprits are from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar as country-made weapons normally used in offences in northern India were used in this attack. He, however, added that the   details would be known only after the investigation.  Checking of buses was intensified in Telangana State,   following information that some offenders from other states were indulging in robberies in buses and other places.  The CI with four policemen were carrying on checking of buses in Suryapet town Bus stand. On suspicion, police asked two bus passengers to get down and started questioning them, when they suddenly attacked the cops and began firing on them resulting in the death of Constable Lingaiah and Home Guard Mahesh on the spot, the DGP said.

He further said that the CI and the Home Guard Kishore were also attacked, and even before the police could retaliate, the armed men fled the scene. Moghalaiah, who suffered two bullet injuries in the incident, and Kishore were rushed to a hospital in Hyderabad and their condition is stable.

Sharma said that Special teams have been formed to nab the accused and police teams from Hyderabad have also joined the search operation. Empty cartridges found from the spot are being verified. They are used in 7.65 country-made weapons. ‘Such weapons are commonly used in offences in UP and Bihar’, he added.

To a query on the involvement of Maoists in the incident, the DGP replied in the negative.  He added that the Police are probing from all angles and the offenders will be caught soon.

Nayani announces ex gratia

Home Minister Nayani  Narasimha Reddy, and Minister for Power Jagdish Reddy  visited the injured policemen at a private hospital in Hyderabad. Later the Home Minister said the CI, who suffered bullet injuries will be operated upon. ‘According to doctors treating the CI and the Home Guard, their condition is stable’, he said.

The Home Minister said that apart from ex gratia, all necessary help will be extended to the family members of the deceased cops, besides employment to one family member each. Ex gratia of Rs 25 lakh will be given to the family of the constable and Rs 10 lakh to the family of the Home Guard, Reddy stated.

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