At least three alleged dacoits were shot dead by the police in a shootout here near Pul Kalroo area of Multan the other night, police said.

The killed dacoits were identified as Wali, Shera and Sharif. The police claimed that all of them were involved and wanted in heinous crimes and three pistols were recovered from their possession.

Police sources said that the shootout took place when personnel from Shah Shamas Police tried to stop the dacoits at a picket on Pul Kalroo but the outlaws opened fire on cops. The police claimed that the cops retaliated and the dacoits were killed.

Police claimed that the killed outlaws used to commit dacoities and robberies and deprived citizens of cash, gold ornaments and other valuables.

 One of the dacoits namely Sharif is stated to be involved in the killing of his friend. Police sources said that he killed his friend on a dispute that took place while distributing booty.

The bodies of the dacoits were shifted to city morgue for autopsy.