- Nearly 30 rounds of shots were fired
- Police recovered a huge cache of arms including 11 country-made weapons
- One of the men fled from the location
The group was involved in crimes committed in Punjab and when the police net tightened, they fled to Delhi. The men were hiding in a house in Dwarka, the police said.
When a joint team of Delhi and Punjab police reached the spot this morning following a tip-off, the men got away. The police said they had made a Bollywood style escape with the help of a makeshift ladder -- hanging bedsheets tied to each other from the back window of the second-floor hideout.
In the shootout, which took place later, near the Dwarka Mor Metro station, around 30 rounds were fired, after which the police managed to round up and arrest the criminals.
"Several rounds were fired, but no one was injured. Five people have been arrested," said the Delhi Police spokesperson.
The police found a huge cache of arms on them - 12 revolvers and 100 cartridges. A combing operation is still on in the area.
Earlier this month, a 38-year-old gangster who was wanted by police in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan was arrested after a brief shootout in Delhi.
A senior police officer said criminal gangs from Uttar Pradesh's Mewat and adjoining areas have always been active in Delhi, particularly in the southern and outer parts of the city. They have committed some of the most gruesome crimes against the police and the public and caused a huge loss of life and property, said PS Kushwah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.