LAHORE - Crime against the property has tremendously increased in the city as another citizen was shot dead by the robbers at Walton Road, which sparked violence in the area when scores of locals gathered and blocked the road for traffic. The furious people gathered on the Walton Road, pelted stones on police and also damaged properties including vehicles during the protest against the killing of a jeweller by the robbers. Interestingly, most of the people who took part in the agitation were those who had no relation with the deceased but joined the protest, as they were furious over the tremendous surge in the crime ratio in the city. Later local traders also joined the agitation after closing their business and shops giving tough time to the heavy contingent of police which reached there to control law and order situation.   The police were looking miserably helpless in bringing the wrath of the protestors down when it tried to negotiate with them but the angry locals flatly refused and started pelting stones on the police also. Violent agitation started when two robbers entered a jewellery shop situated at the Workshop stop at the Walton Road and shot dead the owner of the shop. The robbers escaped after looting handful jewellery from the shop. The victim was identified as Rana Ejaz, 40, resident of Workshop stop. Soon after the incident family of the victim, his relatives and locals blocked the Walton Road for two hours, burnt tyres and shouted slogans against the lawlessness in the city. A large number of police from around four police stations rushed to the spot to disperse the people but failed. Worst traffic mess was witnessed on the road. The protestor damaged some vehicles when motorists tried to use the road during the protest. The angry people carrying clubs and bricks in their hands threatened to give tough time to the police if it tried to disperse them forcibly. They claimed that it was fourth robbery incident that had taken place on the Walton Road in the last 30 days. After finding strong resistance, some senior police officers also reached the spot and launched reconciliation efforts with assurances to arrest the robbers as soon as possible. The angry mob finally dispersed and traffic was restored. The police shifted the body for autopsy and registered a case against the assailants. About the incident Factory Area police said two robbers held Ejaz and his maternal nephew Bilal at gunpoint and started looting ornaments. The intruders, when challenged by Ejaz, opened fire on him and escaped with some jewellery including two gold bangles and as many gold chains. Ejaz, who received no less than four bullets, was taken to Lahore General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. It is pertinent to mention here that at least seven citizens had been killed by the robbers while 10 others injured on resistance during the last 15 days which is evident from the fact that police had miserably failed to overcome dangerous surge in the crime ratio. The surge in the crime is evident from some incidents, as recently a businessman Rizwan Beig was shot dead by the robbers along with his bodyguard on The Mall in front of a five star hotel last Monday. Similarly, a youth, Mehran Ali was killed by the robbers in Green Town police limits. A trader Zafar Iqbal was shot dead by outlaws in Shahdara Town area on August 18, when he was going on an auto-rickshaw. The robbers deprived him of Rs 300,000. In another incident that had taken place on August 20, a 70-year-old woman Hameeda Bibi was murdered by criminals and her two daughters were injured in Shahdara area. The robbers took away cash and other valuables worth over Rs 1000,000 from her house.