Four residents of Mewat were arrested for their alleged involvement in several cases of assault, theft, robbery, cattle smuggling and carjacking after a brief encounter on Tuesday.
The accused have been identified as Saleem and Azad, residents of Firozpur Jhirka village, Iqbal, a resident of Salaheri, and Mulli, a resident of Nimbaheri village. The police arrested them after a 7-km chase and crossfire at Sohna and Badshahpur around 2am.
The incident took place when 10 men in two pickup vans did not stop at the police check posts set up on Sohna Road. The police had set up the barricades after they received a tip-off that around 10 men were entering Gurgaon from Mewat to smuggle cattle, steal vehicles and loot a showroom in Old Gurgaon.
When the police tried to stop the vans in Badshahpur and near the toll plaza in Sohna, the accused opened fire. After travelling some distance, the pickup vans toppled and two of the accused were injured. The police could arrest only four men, while the other six fled. Some of the police personnel also sustained minor injuries, officials said.
The operation was jointly carried out by teams from crime units and police stations.
“The accused were on their way to Gurgaon. They were divided in two groups of five. They have been involved in several burglaries and vehicle thefts. One of the accused has been referred to a Delhi hospital while the others were given first-aid at the Gurgaon Civil Hospital,” deputy commissioner of police (crime) Balbir Singh said.
The police have recovered four country-made pistols, six cartridges and a pickup van. The four men have been booked under Sections 186 (obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 307 (attempt to murder), and the Arms Act at the Sohna and Badshahpur police stations, Singh said.