LAHORE Dacoits on Thursday shot dead a 35-year-old contractor and injured his worker on offering resistance during an armed robbery here in Shahdara Area on Thursday, police sources said. Dozens of shopkeepers and local residents gathered on the main road and staged strong protest demonstration against the worsening law and order situation in the area. The protesters also chanted slogans against the police hierarchy and demanded the Punjab chief minister to take solid steps for the improvement of law and order situation. According to the sources, five dacoits barged into an under-construction plaza situated near Flower Market in Jiya Musa area in Shahdara police precincts in the wee hours of Thursday. The robbers held up the contractor and his workers at gunpoint and demanded cash and valuables. As they offered resistance, the bandits opened straight fire on them and fled away after collecting cash and valuables worth thousands of rupees. Rashid Ahmed sustained multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot while his worker Muhammad Azam also sustained bullet injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. They were asleep inside the plaza when the robbers forced their entry there, police sources said. Later, dozens of local residents and shopkeepers gathered at the main road near the market and staged strong protest demonstration against the police, causing worst traffic jam. They blocked the road by setting the tyres on fire, creating worst traffic jumble in the densely populated area. FOUND DEAD: A 38-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances from Lower Mall area, police said on Thursday. Police said that the man, yet to be identified, was lying dead alongside a road near Data Darbar. Some passersby spotted his dead body and contacted the police by phone. Meanwhile, robbers stormed into a bank branch situated in Township police area in broad daylight and fled away with Rs 3 million at gunpoint, police sources said on Thursday. According to the police, three robbers equipped with pistols forced their entry into the Habib Bank Limited branch near Muhammad Ali Chowk. The bandits held up the bank staff and visitors fled away without facing any resistance. Police sources said that two of the bandits had beards and aged between 50 to 60 while the third was young man who was wearing a mask. The sources further said that the bank management has provided the video clips of the incident taken from CCTV cameras for the police investigators. The police have registered a case and are investigating with no arrest made so far.