Lucknow: Two brothers were shot dead here around midnight by a few unknown attackers, police said on Thursday.

Twenty four-year-old Imran Ghazi and his brother Arman, 22, along with friend Nishant were on their way home when they were attacked near Bamba road in Thakurganj.

Nishant said they were dragged out of their car by the assailants and beaten up with rods and sticks before being shot dead from point blank range.

The friend somehow managed to escape and inform the Thakurganj police, who rushed to the spot only to find the two men dead. The attackers had also escaped.

The area remained tense after the killing. The crowd that gathered at the spot raised anti-police slogans and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

The family of the deceased told Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani that the brothers had a verbal spat with some men a few days back.