Chandigarh: At least 11 notorious criminals, including five carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 each, were arrested by Crime Investigation Agency of Haryana Police after an encounter in Bahalgarh area of Sonipat district, a police spokesman said on Thursday.
A huge quantity of illegal weapons including pistols, guns, rifles and live cartridges, besides Rs 10.23 lakh in cash, were seized from them.
A police team, during patrolling, got information that about one dozen criminals having illegal weapons were plotting to loot passers-by in Bahalgarh area on Wednesday night, the police spokesman said.
"The team immediately tried to arrest them but the criminals opened fire on police. Acting promptly, police arrested all accused. One policeman and two criminals were injured in this incident. They were admitted to a hospital," he added.
The spokesman said that all the accused were involved in about three dozen criminal cases, including murder, attempt to murder, loot, dacoity and ransom.
The criminals were identified as Krishan, Pawan, Nitu, Dinesh, Mahipal, Ravinder, Amit, Pramod, Sunil Punia, Ravinder and Pawan.