Noida, Mar 26: In the last 24 hours, the Uttar Pradesh police has killed three wanted criminals in seven encounters in four districts of the state. Six policemen and six others were also injured in these gun-battles. The encounters took place in Saharanpur, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Muzaffarnagar districts. Also Read - 'Freedom of Choice, Not Love Jihad': Court Scraps Hindu-Muslim Row, UP Govt Set For Crucial Meet Today

During the encounter in Sector 119 (phase-3) area in Gautam Buddha Nagar, wanted criminal Sarvan Chaudhary (25) was shot dead by a joint team of Uttar Pradesh Crime Branch and local police. Chaudhary had a reward of Rs 1 lakh for his arrest. Crime Branch Inspector Balwan Singh and constables Satyaveer and Sanjeev were also injured in the shootout. Also Read - Night Curfew, Cap on Wedding Guests, Mandatory Test For Travel: How States Are Fighting Fresh COVID Spike

In Saharanpur, the cops killed a notorious gangster, Salim. Sub-Inspector Sachin Sharma of Mandi police station was injured during the operation. The deceased criminal was a member of a gang that had robbed a farmer of Rs 1 lakh and a motorcycle in Manoharpur village. Following the robbery, the police swung into action and spotted bike-borne gangsters coming from Chilkana side. Also Read - COVID-19: Universities, Colleges in Uttar Pradesh Reopen With 50 Percent Attendance of Students

They were asked to stop but they opened fire on the police team. In retaliatory fire, the cops killed Salim while his aide fled under the cover of darkness, Saharanpur Senior Superintendent of Police Bablu Kumar reportedly said. The police recovered the looted money and the bike besides a pistol and several rounds of cartridges.

In Ghaziabad, the encounter broke out at around 8.15 pm near Akbarpur Bahrampur on national highway 24. Criminal Sundar was on the bike when police asked him to stop. He then fired on the police team. The police returned the fire, hitting Sunder in the right leg. Vijay Nagar SHO Naresh Kumar was also injured. Both Naresh Kumar and Sunder were admitted to a hospital where the criminal died on Monday morning.

In another encounter in Noida’s Dankaur town, two criminals were injured while two of their accomplices escaped, police said. The two injured criminals, Asraf and Salim, residents of Sambhal district, were later arrested. The four persons allegedly stole a truck from the sector 39 area, police said. The police claimed to have seized a country-made pistol, three empty cartridges, six live cartridges and a truck from their possession, they said.

Another gun-fight took place in the neighbouring Dadri where Jitendra, carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head, was arrested, a senior police officer said. In Muzaffarnagar district, two criminals – Raees and Javed – were injured in a shoot-out in Budhana area after which they were arrested, police said. During the encounter, a policeman, Sauveer, was also injured. Twelve cases of loot and murder were pending against the two criminals.

In yet another encounter in Ghaziabad, a wanted criminal, Rahul, was arrested while constable Sachin was injured in the Sihani gate area, the police official said. The Sihani Gate police last night signalled a biker to stop for checking. After halting, the rider opened fire on the police team and tried to escape. In retaliation, the police fired during which the rider, later identified as Rahul, and a constable sustained bullet shot injuries, police officials said. Both were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. (With PTI inputs)