LAHORE: Two crooks detained in Camp Jail were killed on the night between Saturday and Sunday when CIA Kotwali police was transporting them to a venue to recover the murder weapon, police sources said.

Family members of the deceased Shahid and Shan alias Shani termed the encounter a drama, while the police were of the view that since accused were hardened criminals and more than 70 cases of murder, dacoity and other heinous crimes were registered against them. The police party, when, reached at a home in Khokhar Village in Badami Bagh police station limits to recover murder weapon, armed accomplices of the accused intercepted them and tried to free them from custody.

According to a police officer, the assailants opened fire on the police party and during the trade of bullets both the accused in police custody were killed by the friendly fire.

However, no policeman escorting the deceased was injured and the police party remained safe during the shootout.

The accused managed to escape from the scene. It is worth mentioning here that a case is also registered against the dead accused in Islampura police station, wherein they killed a police constable during bank dacoity.–Staff Reporter

The police have registered a case against the associates of the deceased. SHO Badami Bagh said that when he reached the spot, the shootout was underway, adding that the dead were hardened criminal and involved in rape during dacoity.