Lucknow: An Uttar Pradesh policeman was in critical condition on Wednesday after he and a colleague clashed with each other with bamboo sticks in media glare, leaving them bleeding from the face.

Mukund Yadav and Sunil Dixit, both of 10 Provincial Armed Constabullary, were on duty for UP Udhammi Mahasammelan attended by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, had a dispute, which was initially settled, police sources said.

Superintendent of Police Habib ul Hasan identified the policemen as Mukund Yadav and Sunil Dixit, who fought outside the Indira Gandhi Pratishtan where Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was meeting industrialists.The two were from the 10th battalion of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC).

Superintendent of Police Habib ul Hasan said that while Head Constable Yadav was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, constable Dixit was in critical condition, with doctors saying his condition was a cause for concern.

While the two hit each other with sticks, other policemen tried to intervene but failed to separate them. It was only when officer Umesh Bahadur Singh reached the spot with a police force that the two could be separated.

It was not immediately clear what provoked the clash. Senior officials of PAC said strict action would be initiated against the two as they had lowered the image of the force in public eye.

(Agencies)

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