In a filmy style, the police opened fire at highway robbers after a hot chase of a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on the Chennai-Kolkata national highway near Singarayakonda in Prakasam district in the wee hours of Thursday.

Prakasam Superintendent of police K. Raghuram Reddy said a police team on night patrolling, led by Kavali rural police SI Giribabu, noticed four to five members of a gang extorting money from stationary lorries on the highway near Gauvravaram in neighbouring Nellore district, .

Dr. Reddy said the police team chased the SUV moving towards Ongole after alerting the police control room in Ongole and Nellore.

As police personnel from Singarayakonda and Tangutur were waiting in readiness to stop the SUV, the gangsters started throwing petrol and diesel from cans at the SI’s patrol vehicle closely following the SUV. The SI with his service pistol opened fire after the patrol vehicle driver lost control of the vehicle. The SI said the gangsters fled the scene after the SUV tyres got deflated.