New Delhi: A group of armed men entered a flat in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar on Friday, opened fire, stabbed one person to death, looted cash and left behind a critically injured victim. While police defined the flat as being a ‘private business’, the locals had complained about the house being used for trafficking women and police had indeed initiated a case against the operators. The man killed on Friday is alleged to be a customer. A young woman is also believed to have been present at the site.Police have arrested five people in connection with the case and apprehended a 17-year-old boy for the crime. A country-made semi-automatic pistol, two country-made pistols and live rounds have been recovered from them.Around 8.25pm, the cops received information about a stabbing and shooting at a residence in the area. Police reached the flat occupied by a man identified as Vinay Kumar and his associates, Atul Kumar and Sahil, both aged 22. “They were engaged in some private business of door-to-door sales,” revealed Amrutha Guguloth, DCP (East). “Around 6pm, some men had barged in and robbed cash, and inflicted knife injuries on Atul and another person named Sunil alias Yasin when they resisted. Sunil had come to meet the occupants of the house. A case of murder, attempted murder, dacoity using weapons, criminal conspiracy and violation of the Arms Act has been registered.”Cops scanned CCTV footage to identify around nine involved in the robbery and murder and arrested five of them. A juvenile has also been apprehended. The arrested were named as Himanshu alias Bouncer, Bhagirath alias Ranu, Devesh Tyagi, Dinesh Parena and Amit Yadav. Police said Himanshu was earlier arrested by Shahdara district police and is a known criminal in Shakarpur area. He was recently involved in the shooting outside the Karkardooma court premises. Police said they tracked him to his girlfriend’s house in Chhatarpur. He had jumped from the third to evade arrest and was in hospital with injuries.On Saturday, at the second-floor flat, TOI saw blood stains on the staircase. The first floor of the house was vacant, while the three men lived on the third floor and two women on the fourth. A resident said, “I was in my room when I heard some commotion. Since the occupants usually play loud music and there were people, including women, often visiting the flat, I did not suspect anything wrong. Later, I saw people screaming in the lane about someone being stabbed. There was a smoky smell on the staircases. The two women who lived on the top floor weren’t present when the incident took place and I heard the owner told them not to return. We had often complained to the owner about suspicious activities in the building.”Chhaya Sharma, joint commissioner of police (Eastern Range), said legal action is being taken against the illegal trafficking of women from the premises.