Lucknow, April 18 (IANS) An inspector of the Uttar Pradesh Police was shot dead Wednesday in Mau district in a fierce gun battle between a Special Operations Group (SOG) team and two criminals, police said.
The incident took place after a hot pursuit by the police team in Mathiya village -- almost 310 km from Lucknow -- when the two criminals, finding themselves cornered, barged into a nearby house and took the family hostage.
The criminals opened fire at the police team from inside the house and, after a brief exchange of gunfire, the criminals shot at inspector Govind Singh, killing him on the spot.
A police spokesman told IANS in Lucknow that reinforcements have been rushed to the scene of the shootout.
UP Home Secretary Kamal Saxena confirmed the incident and said that police reinforcements had been sent to the spot where the gun battle was continuing.
The family which has been taken hostage by the criminals includes a middle-aged man and a woman.
A COBRA commando unit has been rushed to the encounter site from Varanasi to take over the operations and flush out the two criminals hiding inside the house, sources here said.
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