HAFIZABAD

After a gunplay between two armed men and police for more than two hours, one of the suspected outlaw was killed while four others including two cops sustained injuries here on Wednesday.

The police have arrested another dacoit and seized a quantity of sophisticated firearms, ammunition, an LCD and other equipments being used by the dacoits in committing the dacoity.

According to police source, CIA Police Lahore had arrested suspected dacoit Shah Nawaz of Khanqah Dogran from Lahore in connection with various dacoities committed by him and his gang members. On the tip-off of Shah Nawaz, the CIA Lahore along with heavy police contingent of City and Saddar police raided the house of Shah Nawaz’s brother on Wednesday morning. On seeing the police party, the ring leader of the gang, Asif Riaz, and his brother Abid, residents of Khanqah Dogran, opened indiscriminate firing at the raiding party.

The armed encounter continued for more than two hours and police resorted to firing and tear-gas shelling in the house where the suspects were hiding along with their family members. After about two hours encounter the ring leader of the gang was killed while his two minor sons, a daughter and two police constables sustained injuries. The police have arrested Mehran Bibi, wife of Asif Riaz, and Abid after seizing four guns, huge quantity of ammunition, LCD etc from the house which the accused had got on rent.

According to Mehran Bibi, his husband had committed suicide by shooting himself with his pump-action to prevent his arrest.

According to police source, the gang had committed dacoities in Lahore, Hafizabad and other towns. The police have removed the injured to the DHQ Hospital and also shifted the dead body of Asif Riaz to the city morgue for autopsy and have constituted special teams to arrest other members of the gang. Meanwhile, the police have shifted the arrested accused persons to unknown place for interrogation.