A history-sheeter wanted in several cases was shot dead in an encounter by the Yeshwanthpur police in the early hours of Sunday.

The police said Prashanth (35) alias Pachchi was wanted in at least six cases, including attempt to murder and theft, registered with the Yeswanthpur Police Station. According to the police, the encounter took place when they went to arrest him from a bar on National Highway 4, near Yeshwantpur Railway Station.

The police had launched a search for Prashanth in connection with a case of assault and attempt to murder, registered by the relatives of an employee of Doordarshan. He attacked Inspector Ganapathi and Sub-Inspector Lohith with a weapon while resisting arrest, the police said.

It was then that Mr. Ganapathi opened fire in the air asking him to surrender. When he refused and attacked them again, they shot at him in self defence. He was shot in the leg and head. The two policemen who were injured in the encounter have been admitted to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital.

Die in accidents

Two persons, including a 17-year-old, were killed in two accidents in the city on Sunday. Ramesh (30) was killed on the spot on Bannerghatta Road when a Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus hit his two-wheeler in the Banngerghatta traffic police limits. The bus driver abandoned the vehicle and fled.

In the other accident, 17-year-old Upendra died on the spot after he was run over by a lorry. The police said that three persons were riding a two-wheeler on the Outer Ring Road near Laggere when the accident occurred. The Peenya Traffic police said that Upendra fell off the vehicle and a lorry ran over him.

Run over

An autorickshaw driver V. Kumar (26) died on the spot in Nandini Layout on Saturday night after being run over by a goods vehicle. The driver has been arrested.

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