LAHORE - Gunmen yesterday snatched away Rs 31 million from a businessman during a daylight robbery in the Nawan Kot police precincts.

An eyewitness said the bandits fired gunshots on the wheels of a moving Prado jeep to stop the businessman near Liaqat Chowk. As bullets punctured the tyres of the vehicle, the driver was held hostage by motorcyclists near a busy crossing.

Resident of Model Town, Shahzad Farooq, was going to his office after collecting cash from a local company when two unidentified motorcyclists intercepted him. The gunmen held up the businessman at gunpoint, collected a cash bag, and fled on their two-wheeler instantly.

The scared victim told the police investigators that he was deprived of Rs 31 million cash.

The bandits had escaped when the police response units reached the crime scene. However, the police lodged the FIR of the incidents and are investigating with no arrest made yet.

Traffic plan

Chief Traffic Officer Tayyab Hafeez Cheema yesterday deployed additional traffic policemen on the Mall Road and Civil Secretariat to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic amid protests demonstrations.

The officer yesterday visited the Mall Road and Civil Secretariat where the government employees were holding sit-ins and protest demonstrations.

According to the traffic police spokesman, at least 13 diversion points were marked on the directions of the chief traffic officer in order to provide alternative routes to the road users. He said that over 200 additional policemen including five DSPs and 50 patrolling officers were deployed at both the sites.

During his visit to the protest sites, the CTO suspended a traffic warden over negligence and issued show-cause notices to three others. The officer directed the traffic wardens to leave no stone unturned to keep the traffic flow smooth during the rush hours.