LAHORE – Dacoits on Thursday robbed nine houses at gunpoint in different parts of the City and escaped after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs four million, police sources claimed.

Three robbers equipped with automatic weapons barged into the house of Moeen Ahmed situated in Manga Mandi police vicinity and took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 1.1 million after holding the inmates’ hostage at gunpoint.

Robbers also stormed into the house of Sharif Gujjar in Hanjarwal police precincts and escaped after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 900,000 at gunpoint. The police are investigating.

In other house robberies, which took place in Millat Park, Batapur, Mustafabad, North Cantonment, Shafiqabad, South Cantonment, and Misri Shah police areas, dacoits snatched away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs two million.

Muhammad Ishtiaq told the Civil Lines police that two gunmen forced their entry into his shop situated in Safanwala Chowk on Thursday morning. The robbers held him up at gunpoint and snatched away Rs 43,400. The police have registered the case and are investigating with no arrest made so far.

Venting thier rage over the lawlessness, the trader took to the streets and  staged a protest demonstration soon after the incident. The protesters slammed the Punjab government for, what they called, its failure in maintaining law and order in the City.

Meanwhile, three cars were driven away from Muslim Town, Model Town and Gulberg police areas while four motorcycles were stolen away from Garhi Shahu, Gulberg, Baghbanpura and Shalimar police precincts.