MULTAN/VEHARI-Three alleged bandits were killed in two shootouts that took place in Multan and Mailsi in the wee hours of Sunday, police said.

The Multan Shams Police said they detained two dacoits, involved in a number of criminal activities, including attempt to murder, and robbery. The policemen were escorting the outlaws to a hideout for arrest of their accomplices. The police team, however, came under attack by the outlaws.

In the ensuing crossfire, both the suspects in police custody were killed, a police official said and added the dead bodies have been shifted to hospital for medico-legal formalities. He, however, said their two accomplices managed to flee from the scene. In Vehari, a robber was killed and his two accomplices managed to escape after exchange of fire with police here on Sunday. Arms and bike were recovered from possession of the dead robber. The shootout took place near Ban Morr area of Mailsi where three-member robber gang fleeing after committing robbery came across the police. An exchange of fire took place in which one robber was killed while his two accomplices managed to flee from the scene.

Arms and bike were taken into custody and the body was shifted to THQ hospital for post-mortem.

MC swoops on encroachers

GUJRANWALA - Under directives from Mayor Sheikh Sarwat Ikram, Municipal Corporation (MC) has launched an anti-encroachment campaign here the other day. Three MC teams visited different parts of the city including GT Road and removed illegal encroachments from the roads. Municipal Corporation Chief Officer Ahmed Kamal said that operation against the encroachers would continue. He advised shopkeepers and vendors not to establish encroachments, warning that they would be dealt with sternly otherwise.

FIA NABS TWO HUMAN TRAFFICKERS

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed on Saturday to have arrested two human traffickers who had been declared proclaimed offenders from Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin districts.

The Gujrat raid was supervised by Inspector Sajjad Bajwa. The FIA team held the PO, Tahir Jamil, from Lakhanwall. Another PO, Muhammad Afzal, was arrested from Mandi Bahauddin.

The accused were involved in sending people abroad through illegal documents.