Muzaffarnagar, Sep 18 (UNI) Police today gunned down a hardened criminal, who was escaping after firing upon a constable in Kotwali area here.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of two notorious criminals under Kotwali police station area, cops reached the spot and cordoned off the area.
On being challenged, the miscreants opened fire, wounding a constable critically.
In the ensuing encounter, a criminal was shot dead. His aide, however, managed to escape.
The wounded cop had been referred to Meerut in a critical condition, police said.
A manhunt had been launched.