One criminal was killed and two arrested in an exchange of fire on Saturday morning near Naina Devi temple in Bilaspur district.
During a cross-firing between the Punjab police and the criminals, two other criminals fled the spot.
The incident took place when the Punjab police from Mohali were chasing five people in a car theft case near Naina Devi temple early this morning.
The police recovered a pistol from their possession.
The Himachal Pradesh police have registered a case under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). They also blocked the main entrance of the bus stop at Naina Devi temple and have launched a search operation around the area.