Three criminals who were fleeing after robbing a man of his car at Bakkarwala village had to abandon the vehicle before making good their escape following an encounter with a Police Control Room team near Tikri border in West Delhi on Friday night. The suspects had attempted to run the stolen vehicle over the police team.

The dramatic chase commenced around 8-30 p.m. after Punit Sharma, a resident of Miyawali Nagar, reported to a PCR team that three persons robbed him of his car near a farmhouse at Bakkarwala village. The criminals beat up the victim when he offered resistance.

“The PCR team took the victim along in the police vehicle and alerted the other teams about the carjacking. Barricades were also erected on the possible escape routes. Barely 10 minutes later, another PCR team checking the vehicles at the Tikri border spotted a car taking a U-turn and driving on the wrong carriageway. As description of that car matched with that of the stolen vehicle, the team started chasing the suspects who entered a service lane and on the way hit three vehicles while trying to escape.

The policemen got off their vehicle to intercept the car, at which the suspects attempted to knock them down. At this, the police team fired two rounds deflating two tyres of the vehicle. The suspects then drove towards a nearby village, but abandoned the immobilised car before vanishing from the scene. “The money stolen from the victim was found inside the car. Two cases have been registered at the Mundka police station in this connection. The PCR personnel involved in the operation have been rewarded for demonstrating exemplary courage,” said a police officer.

“It is after a long time that we have witnessed two police encounters with criminals in such a short duration. In the recent past, several policemen have been targeted by such gangs. Delhi Police constable Naresh Verma was run over by a gang of cattle thieves fleeing in a tempo at Bharat Nagar in May last year.

In October 2012, Constable Yash Pal was shot dead in Najafgarh by a gang from the Mewat region involved in cattle theft. In another similar incident reported in Kanjhawala in November, 48-year-old Head Constable Ram Kishan was shot dead by car-borne criminals when he stopped the vehicle at a picket for a routine check,” said a police officer.