LAHORE - City police have gunned down another three gangsters during a 'staged encounter' here in Batapur area on late Saturday night. According to the police sources, the gangsters identified as Azhar, Rashid, and Nauman, had kidnapped a five-year-old boy Shahzor from Factory Area police limits a couple of weeks ago and strangled him even after receiving Rs0.5 million ransom. The police staged a late night encounter for closing their chapter their episode after the alleged criminals confessed to the police that they had killed the boy, sources revealed. The sources claimed that the police had arrested the criminals a few days back from various parts of the province ending their episode once for all, as they were history-sheeters and hardened criminals involved in a number of cases of heinous crimes. According to the police, the gangsters were hiding in Batapur police area, where the Cantonment Division Police conducted an armed raid on a tip-off late on Saturday night. As the gangsters saw the police vehicles, they opened indiscriminate firing that triggered an encounter. The police also retaliated as a result three criminals were killed on the spot while their another two accomplices managed to escape from the scene. However, no policeman was hurt during the crossfire. The police have removed the body to the morgue for autopsy. Further investigations were underway. Online adds: Three dacoits were killed while a police constable sustained bullet injuries in an encounter in Okara on Sunday. Residents of Azeem Abad Mohallah No 4 after hearing hue and cry of Munir's family called police when the dacoits were busy in their attempted robbery. In a quick response police reached the spot and besieged the dacoits with help of locals. Dacoits after seeing the police opened fire while police also used firing in retaliation. As a result, three dacoits including Shaban, Shamsul Haq and Nadeem were killed while a constable suffered bullet injuries. The injured constable was shifted to local hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.