Shootout at CP: Criminal on bail brandishes gun at kiosk owner, fires at cops
The kiosk owner refused to give cigarettes to six persons, who had come to celebrate the bail of Aman Bhatia, a murder accused.Updated: Aug 04, 2017, 12:43 IST
Gunfire erupted near Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi’s Connaught Place between police and a group of men around 11.30 pm on Wednesday after one of them allegedly put a pistol to the head of a kiosk owner, threatening to murder him for refusing to give them a cigarette.
Four of the men, Aman Bhatia, Puneet Bhatia, Sahil Verma and Kamal, were arrested after they were chased and thrashed by locals while two of them managed to escape in their car.
According to police, the six men had come from Uttam Nagar to Connaught Place to celebrate the bail of Aman, a murder accused.
After dinner, they visited a nearby cigarette kiosk that was about to shut. They allegedly asked the owner to open the shop again and when he refused, Aman put a pistol to his head. When other people intervened, he pointed the pistol at them.
Sensing trouble, an onlooker ran to a police picket nearby and alerted policemen. A group of five-six policemen immediately rushed to the crime scene and told Aman to drop his gun.
“But he fired,” BK Singh, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi), said. “The police team too fired three-four shots in response. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the firing.”
In the panic that ensued, the suspects tried to run. While two of them managed to get into their Maruti Ertiga car nearby and flee, four of them were chased and caught by the police and locals.
The locals thrashed them badly but police whisked them away, the DCP said.
A country-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from their possession.
Police said that Aman was accused in a murder that happened in west Delhi’s Bindapur and had gotten bail. His brother Puneet has been accused of threatening witnesses in the case.
Aman’s gang is also wanted in another case of shootout in Connaught Place reported a month ago, Singh said.