The sound of gunfire rattled residents of Bholanath Nagar in East Delhi on Saturday morning.
For 15-minutes the quite locality transformed into a virtual battle zone with the police allegedly foiling a robbery bid with a shootout.
A Delhi Police constable was injured in the encounter when a bullet grazed his head. At the end, the police managed to arrest three gangsters while three others managed to escape.
On Saturday morning, the Special Staff of Central District got a tip-off that members of the Sandeep-Gullu gang were coming to Bholanath Nagar.
“We were informed that they would assemble near Geeta Bhawan in Shahdara to plan a robbery. Gang leaders Sandeep and Gullu would also join and they would have fire arms with them,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Jaspal Singh.
A team reached Bholanath Nagar in plain clothes and reportedly saw six members of the gang on three bikes in Gali number 1, near Geeta Bhawan at 11 a.m.
Police said the team took their position but the robbers got suspicious and immediately took out their firearms.
“The police asked them to surrender but the gangsters started firing at the police party. One bullet grazed the upper portion of the head of Constable Rakesh. In the encounter, gang leader Sandeep got a bullet in his right leg,” added Singh.
Another assailant, identified as Pushpender, also got a bullet in his leg but he managed to escape with another assailant named Gullu on a motorcycle.
The injured alleged gangster and the constable were immediately taken to GTB Hospital. The other assailants, identified as Narender and Danny, were arrested after a chase.
Three gang members, identified as Sameer, Gullu and Pushpender, escaped on their bikes, the police said.
“I was on the terrace studying when I heard a loud bang. When I looked down I saw men with their faces covered running in all directions,” said Ankita Sood (14).
Who are they?
The police said the gang members from Loni and Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh.
The police said the gang members target people who withdraw money from banks or those who would come to money exchangers.