Gunshots rang out in the heart of the Capital at Connaught Place Saturday evening following an armed confrontation between the police and three alleged criminals from Uttar Pradesh.
The shootout occurred around 8.30pm behind an old Coca Cola factory in Shankar Market — a stone’s throw from a bustling weekend crowd in the inner circle area, police said.
The confrontation began when two constables, Prateek and Sandeep, patrolling the area on their motorcycles, came across three men and asked them who they were, said joint commissioner of police MK Meena.
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“Suddenly, the three began manhandling the policemen. One of them whipped out a pistol and fired four shots at them. A constable then fired a warning shot in the air before overpowering one of them,” Meena added.
The police said the overpowered man, in his 40s, was taken to the hospital for treatment. His other two accomplices have fled.
“They were apparently involved in a crime in UP’s Muradnagar recently; we are identifying the accused and tracing his associates,” Meena said.