Eight Uttar Pradesh police personnel, including a deputy superintendent of police, were shot dead by the members of a gang in Kanpur on Friday. At least seven others, including a civilian, were also injured in the incident.

The police team was ambushed around 1 am on Friday when they had gone to raid a house in search of notorious gangster Vikas Dubey, after an attempt to murder case was filed against him.

Dubey has over 60 cases against him, including a murder charge for the killing of Santosh Shukla, a former UP minister in the Rajnath Singh government, inside a police station in 2001.

As the police party arrived at the Bikru town under Kanpur Dehat's Shivli Police Station territory to make the capture, in any event, eight to 10 lawbreakers opened aimless fire from the housetops. DSP Devendra Mishra, Shivrajpur Station Officer Mahesh Yadav, a sub-controller and five constables were slaughtered in the assault. 

Giving subtleties of the episode, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police HC Awasthi said the infamous criminal may have a suspicion of the looming attack. He and his thugs set up gigantic barriers to keep the police from continuing towards their fort. 

As the police group was gotten unprepared, the crooks came down projectiles at them from a structure housetop prompting the passings, Awasthi said. 

"Eight police workforce passed on, four were harmed. They are being treated at the emergency clinic. Police from neighbouring locale Kannauj and Kanpur Dehat have additionally been called," Kanpur ADG JN Singh stated, including that a brushing activity is in progress.

A source said AK-47 cartridges were recovered from the spot, though police are yet to confirm whether the assault rifle was used by the gang.

Speaking to News18, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said, "Investigation is underway and nothing can be confirmed at the moment. It seems the criminals used a semi-automatic weapon. Police also resorted to retaliatory fire. So at the moment, it can't be confirmed whether an AK-47 was used by the criminals."

The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Inspector General of Police have reached the spot and forensics teams carried out an examination of the area.

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 condolence to their family members. According to a spokesperson, he directed the police chief to take stringent action against the culprits and collect the detailed report from the spot.

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