Varanasi, Mar 20: Special Operation Group(SOG), with the help of Ram Nagar police, shot dead three notorious criminals in an encounter near Tengra crossing here.
The jawans of the SOG, alongwith Ram Nagar police, yesterday surrounded the criminals, wanted for being involved in crimes like murder and loot, and in a fierce encounter gunned them down.
Three police personnel were also injured in the encounter. The police recovered from their possession two revolvers, two pistols, cartridges and explosives. The criminals were later identified as Rajiv Tiwari, carrying a reward of RS 10 thousand on his head, Gabbar Pandey and Munnu Upadhyay. They were wanted by the police of the neighbouring districts too.
The criminals were travelling in a car when the encounter took place.