Police in India say they have shot dead a man accused of killing eight policemen in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Vikas Dubey, who was on the run for nearly a week after the incident, was held in the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday.
Police said they were transporting Dubey to Uttar Pradesh when the car he was travelling in overturned.
They said he stole a policeman’s gun and tried to flee.
The inspector general of police, Mohit Agarwal, told India’s PTI news agency that policemen killed Dubey – described as a notorious gangster – in retaliation, after he refused to surrender and fired at officers.
But some have raised questions about the official account, in a state where police are often accused of using excessive force.