Three armed men on Tuesday allegedly shot dead a police constable, who was escorting undertrials in court premises, and managed to escape with two accused.
Policeman Vikram Pratap Singh was shot dead by the attackers and two undertrials Bagga Singh and Dost Mohammad were freed from police custody, a senior police official said.
"The goons shot dead police constable Vikram Pratap Singh creating pandemonium in the court premises in the midst of which they escaped with the two accused on their bikes," said Prashant Kumar, Superintendent of Police.
Singh succumbed to the bullet wounds while on the way to hospital, the SP said. He belonged to the 2001 batch and was a native of Bareilly district.
Bagga Singh is a hardcore criminal having almost a dozen cases of loot, murder, robbery and other heinous crimes against him and is already convicted ion some case, he said.
Several police teams have been formed to nab the accused, the SP said, adding that vital clues have been gathered and the attackers would be identified soon.