Six armed dacoits blatantly set up a picket on Band Road near Khanna Bhattian and deprived more than seven people of their bikes, six cell phones, gold ornaments and cash worth millions of rupees in Tuesday night.

According to police source, the bandits snatched motorcycle (HZA-47) from Tayyab Munit Tarar of Kolo Tarar. Another Amanullah Tarar and his wife of Bukkan Kalan were deprived of three tolas of gold ornaments, Rs20,000 and two cell phones. Muhammad Afzal Rehmani of Chak Bhatti was deprived of his cell phone and Rs1 lakh. They also intercepted Rana Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Awais and Khalid Mahmood who were proceeding to nearby village on their car (GAW-3033) and snatched away Rs30,000 and cell phones.

However, a victim informed the SHO Jalalpur Bhattian Ghulam Abbas Khichi who along with heavy police contingent chased the bandits who had hid themselves in the jungle near Midh Ranjha (Sargodha). The police challenged them but they started firing. The firing was exchanged between the police and bandits and continued for more than two hours. However, the bandits managed to escape under the cover of darkness leaving behind the snatched bike and their two without number plate bikes. According to SHO, the police have identified the dacoits and it would be successful in arresting them shortly.

Meanwhile, unidentified thieves lifted away electricity transformer which had been got installed in Channi Hoshnak Rai by Sharjeel Akhtar Jural after payment of Rs1 lakh to Gepco. The villagers have protested against the theft and accused the Wapda officials for their involvement in the offence and have called upon the Gepco chief to take action against the responsible persons.

TWO DIE IN ROAD ACCIDENT: Two bikers were killed on the spot when a speeding truck hit their motorcycle near Bhirri Morr on Gujranwala road.

According to rescue sources, Ammar Yasir along with his friend of Qila Didar Singh was returning to his town by his bike (LEO-3621). Near Bhirri Morr, a recklessly driven truck (LXU-421) coming from opposite direction hit the two-wheeler. As a result, both riders died on the spot. The truck driver ran away from the place of mishap after abandoning his truck which has been impounded by the police.

The dead bodies have been shifted to the hospital where one of the bodies has not yet been identified. The Kot Ladha police have registered a case against the truck driver.