LAHORE Capital City Police Officer Malik Ahmed Raza Tahirs 'aggressive policy, wherein it had been decided to phase out criminals in armed 'encounters, has put the PML-Ns provincial government in hot water once again. The police have staged fake encounters back-to-back in different parts of the provincial capital gunning down no less than seven accused since Ahmed Raza assumed his new charge. He has reportedly directed the police to decide fate of the gangsters on their own. A look into the recent police encounters reveals that at least seven accused have been gunned down in the areas of Misri Shah, Baghbanpura and Nishtar Colony. On June 11, cops sprayed some one dozen bullets onto the body of the 23-year-old motorcyclist hours after the Nishtar Colony shopkeepers had handed him over to them for interrogation. Police sources revealed that the cops staged a fake encounter to finish the alleged robber. The police had claimed that Shahbaz Butt was a robber and was killed during crossfire. However, the autopsy report revealed that he was badly thrashed, dragged and tortured before being killed. On May 30, police killed two proclaimed offenders in another staged encounter in the Misri Shah Police vicinity. According to the police claim, the proclaimed offenders were involved in murder, robbery and other heinous crimes and police recovered a 9MM pistol, a 30-bore pistol and five bullets from their possession. The accused were identified as Amin alias Meena, a resident of Raja Jang in Kasur, and Adil, a resident of Ittehad Colony, near Ghalib Market, Lahore. The police said that the accused snatched a motorcycle of a citizen namely Safdar Iqbal and tried to flee. Police also claimed that both the accused were wanted in heinous crimes and Amin alias Meena managed to escape from police custody at a sessions court in 2010. However, according to the police sources, the two proclaimed offenders were in custody and were killed in a staged encounter. On May 20, the Crimes Investigations Agency (CIA) police shot dead another two alleged kidnappers in a fake encounter staged in Baghbanpura police area. The deceased were identified as Ali Shan and Muhammad Asim. According to the police claim, the accused were involved in a kidnapping for ransom case registered against them with the Qila Gujjar Singh police station. The police further claimed the abductors had kidnapped a salesman, namely, Shahzad Akram for Rs 500,000 ransom three months ago when he was going to his shop from his house in Mustafaabad area. The police alleged that the suspects had murdered the youth and threw his body in a drain near Mozang despite getting Rs200,000, as ransom from his family. On May 18, police investigators gunned down two more kidnappers in yet another 'encounter in the Misri Shah area. The police claimed that the gangsters had killed a 12-year-old boy after the family failed to pay the ransom amount as per their demand. The police had closed the chapter of the kidnappers, hours after the Capital City Police Officer Ahmed Raza Tahir called on the parents of the boy and assured them 'justice. Ahmed Raza Tahir assumed the charge of his new office as the CCPO on May 9, 2011. The Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed the provincial government to review his appointment as the CCPO and that of his loyalist DIG (Operations). This order came after the hearing of a suo motu case into the extrajudicial killing of a robbery suspect in a staged encounter. Provincial Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Inspector General of Police were present in the courtroom during the hearing. In May last year, the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court had taken a suo moto notice of the appointment of Tahir as the Lahore CCPO. Tahir was blamed for the Gojra riots. Tahir was DIG of Faisalabad at the time.