Two police constables were shot dead Wednesday evening allegedly by three under-trial criminals in Chandausi area of Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh.

The incident occurred when the three criminals were returning from Chandausi court to Moradabad after a hearing.

They threw chilli powder into the eyes of the constables accompanying them, snatched their guns and opened fire in which both died on the spot.

Two other police constables, who were also injured, are undergoing treatment in a hospital. There were 24 prisoners in the van.

The police said that search operations are on to capture the culprits.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his deepest condolences on the death of the two police personnel and has directed the department to provide a compensation of Rs 50 lakhs for kin of each of the dead, a government service for one dependent and extraordinary pensions to the wives of the deceased.