Two dacoity suspects were shot dead in a shootout that took place when the police team, escorting the suspects to their hideout to recover booty, was attacked by unidentified assailants here in the remit of Manawala Police on Friday.

According to police, the Manawala Police had arrested Mushtaq, a resident of Lahore and Sabir, a resident Warburton on suspicion in a dacoity case. The police team were escorting the arrested suspects to a site to recover the booty. In the meanwhile, the police van carrying the suspects when reached Lagar Road, some unidentified assailants attacked them. The firing was retaliated by the police and a shootout erupted which continued for some time. Resultantly both the arrested suspects were killed while the attackers succeeded in fleeing the scene. The police officials escaped the shootout unhurt.

On the other hand, the eye-witness, mostly residents of the area, turned down the police claim, saying that no shootout took place at the mentioned site.

Earlier, the heirs of Shafaqat who was killed in an alleged shootout near Muridke have protested against the police, claiming the victim was allegedly shot dead “deliberately” by the Muridke Saddr Police in a “staged shootout.”