Four people, including three policemen, were injured during a raid gone awry at a southeast Delhi ghetto on Tuesday evening, the police said.
The incident was reported from a slum in Sangam Vihar around 7pm where a five-member police team had gone to crack down on an organised gang dealing in bootlegged liquor.
"As soon as the local residents spotted the police team, they began hurling stones at them in a bid to harm them. They then opened fire," claimed a police officer. "The team was left with no alternative but to retaliate," he added.
According to police, three personnel identified as head constable Sanjay and constables Satpal and Vijay were injured due to the stone-pelting. In the ensuing exchnage of fire, one Rajkumar, a local resident and one of the alleged instigators of the assault on the police, was shot in the leg.
"Someone from the team alerted the local control room and reinforcements were sent in. All of them, including Rajkumar, were rushed to the Trauma Centre at AIIMS where they are recuperating," the officer said. Sources claimed a man related to Rajkumar, who also allegedly deals in bootlegged liquor, was arrested from the area later.
"We have registered a criminal case against the men and some unknown persons in this regard at the Sangam Vihar police station and investigations are underway. More arrests will be made soon," the officer added.