LAHORE  - CIA police shot and killed three suspected criminals in an apparent staged encounter at a deserted site near Lakhoder late Thursday night.
Investigators yesterday identified the alleged robbers as Hamza, Adeel, and Shahid alias Ali ninety. The bodies were moved to the morgue for an autopsy.
Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Amin Wains had addressed a news conference at his office and confirmed the arrests, three days ago. The suspects Hamza, Adeel, and Shahid alias Ali ninety were also produced before the media during the press conference.
Amin Wains while talking to reporters Wednesday stated the CIA police smashed an inter-district gang of robbers by arresting its seven members. He said the police seized booty worth Rs4.6 million from them as at least 35 cases of robberies were traced against them in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
The suspects were in police custody for the last couple of weeks. According to police sources, they were being grilled in connection with armed robberies, reported in different parts of the metropolis in the recent past.
Police sources revealed the investigators shot and killed the criminals in a fake encounter after the police recovered looted cash, gold ornaments, and other valuables worth Rs4.6 million from their possession.
A police spokesman said the shooting took place in Inayat Town in Manawan vicinity. A team of CIA police Iqbal Town killed three suspects when their accomplices opened fire on policemen during a raid. The spokesman claimed the suspects were taken to a hideout in Inayat Town where their accomplices were hiding. As the police reach the site, the bandits opened fire on the police party. The cops also retaliated. As a result, three bandits were shot dead.
According to police, the raiding party remained unhurt during the crossfire which continued for a considerable time on the city’s outskirts.
Fake police encounters are common in the crime-prone Punjab province. At least 450 crime suspects were killed in shootouts across the province last year. These extrajudicial killings are said to be part of the national action plan devised in December 2015 to purge the society from militancy and extremism.