LAHORE - A 45-year-old man was found tortured to death in fields near a village in Batapur police precincts early on Monday, police said.

The deceased was named by police as Mohsin, a local resident who went missing a couple of days ago. According to his family, Mohsin left his house after a mobile phone call and did not return.

On Monday morning, some passersby spotted Mohsin’s body in the fields and contacted the police by phone. Police reached the spot and shifted the body to the morgue for an autopsy. Police were treating the incident as homicide. A police official said that apparently the man was killed by his abductors.

A murder case was registered against unidentified men and police were investigating the killing without any arrest.

100kg drugs seized,  dealer arrested

Police on Monday claimed to have seized 100kg narcotics worth seven million rupees during a successful operation in Vehari.

A spokesman for the provincial police said the police foiled the smuggling bid and arrested the drug dealers red-handed. A CIA police team raided the Highway Quarters and recovered 100kg drugs, including 50kg charas and 50kg opium. The suspect was identified by police as Abbas.  The raid was conducted under the supervision of DSP (anti-organised crime) Sajjad Ahmad Khan. Police arrested the drug dealer and registered an FIR against him. Vehari District Police Officer Umar Saeed Malik has announced cash and commendatory certificates for the police team.  The latest raid was part of the police crackdown on drug dealers launched on the directions of Punjab Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz Khan, the spokesman said.  The police chief also congratulated the Vehari district police officer for smashing the notorious network of drug pushers.

WOMAN FOUND HANGED

Body of a poverty-stricken woman was found hanging in her rented house in the limits of Baghbanpura police on Monday afternoon. The body was moved to the morgue for autopsy.

The woman was identified by police as Shamshad Bibi, a resident of district Rahim Yar Khan. She was living in a rented house along with her husband and children. Abdul Hameed told police that his wife ended her life by hanging herself by a ceiling fan. He claimed that Shamshad took the extreme step due to poverty. According to police, the body was hanging from a ceiling fan with a rope tied to her neck as they reached the spot. The police were investigating the death.

POLIO WORKER ROBBED

A woman polio worker was robbed of cash and mobile phone at gunpoint in the Raiwind area on Monday.

Police said that Nusrat Pervin was administering polio vaccine to children outside a house when two motorcyclists came there. They held the woman at gunpoint and fled after snatching cash and mobile phone. Police were investigating the incident.