BENGALURU: THREE policemen were injured after a gang of seven burglars, who were drilling a hole into a jewellery shop, attacked them with wooden logs on being confronted, in Ramnagara town on Wednesday night.
When the policemen retaliated, one of the gang members opened fire in the air while fleeing.
The injured are, police constables Gowrish, who was shifted to NIMHANS with head injuries, Bettaswamy, and Home Guard Narasimhamurthy. One of the accused was caught after a chase by the police and public.
A police officer said that around 1.45am, Bettaswamy was patrolling on MG Road when he heard a noise from behind SB Jewellers and went to check. He saw the gang drilling a hole into the wall and alerted the police station.
Gowrish and Narasimhamurthy rushed to the spot and the three of them tried to corner the gang. However, the gang attacked them with wooden poles. One of them fired two rounds in the air from a country-made pistol.
The policemen gave a chase and nabbed Raju (32) with the help of the public. The gang was trying to gain entry into the store from an adjacent construction site.
“We suspect the gang might have visited the spot a few times and planned the burglary well in advance. Raju was thrashed by the public when he was caught,” a police officer said. Probe revealed that the gang is from Rajasthan. A special team has been formed to probe the case and put up blockades across the district.