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Policeman, two gangsters killed in Telangana gunfight

Policeman, two gangsters killed in Telangana gunfight

Hyderabad: Two gangsters and a policeman were killed in a fierce gunfight in Telangana's Nalgonda district on Saturday, police said.

Two police officers were also injured in the gun battle which occurred on Saturday morning near Janakipur village in Mothkur mandal of Nalgonda district, about 175 km from here.

Two gangsters, who were involved in killing of two policemen in the same district on Thursday and a constable, were killed on the spot.

A circle inspector and sub inspector were admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad and the sub inspector's condition is stated to be critical.

Two pistols and a carbine, which the gangsters had snatched from police, were recovered from the scene.

Director General of Police Anurag Sharma and senior officials have rushed to the village.

The gangsters, suspected to be from Uttar Pradesh, had escaped after gunning down two policemen and injuring two others at Suraypet in the same district in the early hours of Thursday.

They had opened fire on police while a police party was questioning them at Suryapet after deboarding them from a bus coming to Hyderabad from Vijayawada.

A police constable and a home guard were killed and a circle and a home guard were injured in the incident.

The gangsters, suspected to be involved in thefts on buses, had escaped with a carbine. While fleeing, they also opened fire on a car injuring a civilian.

Police had launched massive hunt for the duo in the district. A police party reached Janakipur village in the early hours of Saturday after receiving information about the presence of the suspects.

Telangana Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy has denied that the two gangsters killed in a gunfight with police on Saturday had any terror links.

He told reporters here that both of them were suspected to be members of a gang from Uttar Pradesh and that investigations are on.

"They had no terror links. There is no question of this. This was an inter-state gang of dacoits," he said when asked about some media reports that the duo were members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India.

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