LAHORE – Dacoits on Saturday hit the provincial metropolis for 29 times, robbed families, motorists, and passersby, and made off with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth five million rupees besides eight cars and 13 motorcycles from different parts of the city, police sources said.
Armed bandits stopped a mini-bus by setting up a picket in the Kahna police area. The robbers held up all the passengers at gunpoint and snatched away cash, gold ornaments and cellular phones worth Rs500000. The police reached the spot when the robbers had fled away. No arrest was made till late Saturday.
Two robbers riding on a motorcycle intercepted Ali Raza in the Nawan Kot police limits and snatched away Rs850000 and a mobile phone from him at gunpoint.  Armed bandits also looted motorists and passersby in the Muslim Town, Mughalpura, Shafiqabada, Defense-A, Hanjarwal, and Millat Park police precincts and escaped after collecting cash and valuables worth Rs550000.  Thieves broke into the house of Iftikhar Ahmed in the Kot Lakhpat police limits and made off with cash and gold ornaments worth Rs300000. Police are investigating.
Meanwhile, eight cars were stolen from the Mughalpura, Race Course, Shalimar, Garden Town, Chuhng, Satu Katla, Green Town and Gowalmandi police limits. Also, at least 13 motorcycles were either snatched or stolen away from the Ghalib Market, Shadman, Naseerabad, Faisal Town, Ghaziabad, Factory Area, Iqbal Town, Raiwind, Islampura, Rang Mahal, Akbari Gate, Shafiqabad, Garhi Shahu and Qila Gujjar Singh police precincts.
Shootout: An alleged robber was shot dead during an ‘armed encounter’ with the police in the Ghalib Market area, police claimed on Saturday.
Police said that the policemen, on patrol near the Ghalib Market, signaled two suspected motorcyclists to stop at a picket but they opened straight fire on the cops. The policemen also retaliated. As a result, one of the bandits sustained serious bullet injuries while the other managed to escape from the scene during the shootout. The police managed to capture the injured bandit and shifted him to a local hospital but he died in the way. The police have removed the dead body of the bandit, unidentified so far, to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating.