RAWALPINDI – At least four people including a woman were critically injured as four robbers opened indiscriminate firing while snatching 58 tolas of gold ornaments from two men in broad daylight outside Adyala Press Club, Ali Town, within the precincts of Police Station Saddar Berooni, on Saturday.

Police rushed to the scene and moved the injured people to nearby hospital for medical treatment. The injured were identified as Malik Iqbal and his son Malik Ahmer, Raja Liaquat and Nusrat Jabeen.

According to Station House Officer (SHO) Malik Suhail Zafar, the two victims, Malik Iqbal and his son Ahmer, residents of Jonejo Colony, were returning from a court of law with gold jewellery weighing 58 tolas that they had to produce before the court on every hearing when four armed men riding on two motorcycles intercepted the car of the victims near press club and tried to snatch the bag contained gold.

Over offering resistance, the SHO said, the robbers opened firing at Iqbal and Ahmer injuring them critically. He said that another man Raja Liaquat came out from his home on hearing the noise of firing also was targeted by the robbers. A woman also sustained bullet injury on her foot, he said. After committing the crime, the robbers managed to flee the scene, he added.

On a query, Suhail was of view that the gold was robbed by a gang of four intruders from the house of Iqbal in 2011. Police, after filing case, recovered the stolen gold and arrested four robbers including Rashid Bukhari, the head of the gang. Later, the robbers were sent to jail by a court while the gold was returned to the owners, he mentioned. Police filed a case and started investigation.

An eyewitness told TheNation that the indiscriminate firing gripped the whole area into fear. He said that four robbers riding on two motorbikes carrying 30 bore pistols in their hands stopped the father and the son near press club and started firing on them. He said that on hearing firing noise, Raja Liaquat, who resided a near by home, came out when the dacoits fired bullets at him presuming that he might catch them. A stray bullet also pierced in foot a lady, he said.

Following the dacoity, a number of traders closed down their businesses  while traffic remained off the road. The area residents appealed to City Police Officer (CPO) to arrested the robbers as soon as possible.