A gun battle between police and a group of notorious criminals left three cops and an accused dead here in Jhang on Monday.

According to reports, acting on a tip off regarding the presence of Ramzan Aka Ramzani Baloch, a proclaimed offender involved in robberies, murder and other heinous crimes, police conducted a raid in Chak-175 area of Jhang district.

The police said the criminals opened fire on the raiding party which led to a shootout which lasted for seven hours.

They said that three policemen and a dacoit, identified as Sohail Sheikhana, were killed in the fight while Ramzani, carrying head money of Rs1 million, and his aides managed to flee.