Shootout in Delhi, four injured (Lead)

January 19th, 2009 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Four suspected bank robbers were critically injured by the police in a gun battle in the heart of south Delhi’s Green Park area.Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Ajay Kashyap said the firing broke out around 4 p.m. when the police waylaid a vehicle carrying the criminals.

A brief gun battle erupted on the street, outside a playschool sandwiched between the Green Park and Yusuf Sarai markets.

IANS journalist Ranjana Narayan, who was on her way to work, heard rapid gunfire shots around 4 p.m.

Residents said an unmarked police vehicle crashed into a car carrying the criminals, bringing it to a sudden halt.

As a couple of policemen leaped from their vehicle, flashing weapons and asking bystanders to move away, gun shots rang out.

“I heard gunfire for two or three minutes at least,” said Narayan, who took shelter behind a cemented dustbin along with several others.

Minutes later, she saw four men sprawled on the road, two of them soaked in blood.

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