LAHORE – Police on Wednesday claimed to have smashed a gang of robbers by arresting its three members including the ringleader.

According to an official handout, three members of Waqas alias Viki gang have been arrested by CIA Police Iqbal Town. A police spokesman said that the accused were involved in robbery, cash and bonds-snatching and street crimes incidents. The police also claimed that they also recovered Rs two million, four cell phones as well as illegal weapons from their possession. Further investigations are underway.

Valuables gutted: Valuables worth million of rupees were reduced to ashes when fire broke out at a godown of cotton near Elite Training Center on Bedian Road owing to the circuiting on Thursday.

The Rescue-1122 officials said that fire erupted at the cotton godown of Majeed Mayo and destroyed the entire godown and gutted cotton and machinery worth thousands of rupees into ashes. The firefighters reached the spot after being informed and controlled over the fire after hectic efforts continued for over several hours. Separately, fire broke out at a house near Noorani Mosque in North Cantonment owing to the short circuiting and reduced valuables worth thousands of rupees into ashes. In another incident, fire broke out at a garments factory in Salamatpura due to short circuit and gutted garments worth thousands of rupees into ashes. A car was also reduced to ashes in a workshop at Double Sarkan Stop in Gulshane Ravi. However, no loss of life or injury was reported in any of the aforementioned incidents.

Woman takes poisonous pills: A dejected woman took poisonous pills after failing to get new clothes for her children for Eid in Garhi Shahu police precincts on Thursday. Police said that Khawar, a resident of Garhi Shahu, could not arrange new clothes for his children on the eve of Eid. Police investigators said after an exchange of hot words, his wife took poisonous pills and her condition went critical. She was rushed to a local hospital where her condition was stated to be out of danger.