LAHORE – An alleged robber who was shot dead during a fake encounter in the Model Town police area late on Friday night has been identified, police sources said on Saturday.
The gangster, Bilal alias Billu, was wanted to the police in a rape-cum-robbery case, which took place at the residence of a government employee in the Nishtar Colony area.
Police sources revealed that the CIA Police had arrested the accused several days ago. The CIA police staged a fake encounter and killed the criminal who had raped the daughter of a government employee during armed robbery at his residence in the same area where he was shot dead by the police.
Police claimed that the robbers were fleeing after snatching a motorcycle and cash from a man when the police started chasing him. The robber opened fire on the police, triggering an armed encounter.
According to the police, Bilal alias Billu had been declared as a proclaimed offender in the rape-cum-robbery case. The police have removed the dead body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating.
GIRL KIDNAPPED: A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped under mysterious circumstances from the Sundar area, police said on Saturday. Muhammad Sadiq, the complainant, told the police that 40-year-old Hafiz Ateeq- ur-Rehman abducted his daughter and took her along with him.
According to the complainant, his daughter had been getting religious education at a local seminary where the accused person, Ateeq, was a teacher. The accused, said to be the resident of Bahawalpur district, is still at large.
The police are investigating. Also, the locals staged a protest against the Maulvi’s act and demanded his immediate arrest. Police have assured the victim’s family of early recovery of the kidnapped girl.
FIRE: Garments and clothes worth million of rupees were reduced to ashes when fire erupted at a multi-story building located in Pakistan Cloth Market on Saturday morning.
A rescue firefighter said no loss of life or injury was reported in the incident. He informed that fire broke out in one of the shops under mysterious circumstances and engulfed two floors of the building. Subsequently, cloths stored in the godowns and displayed in shops were gutted.
Rescue 1122 Emergency Service appeared on the scene within the average response time of seven minutes and started the operation. The firefighter further said the rescue and fire extinguishing operation continued for a couple of hours.
“A few shop owners alleged that the market was set ablaze and it was not accidental fire,” said the firefighter, adding that nothing tangible could be established until the filing of this report. The affected shopkeepers have demanded of the provincial government compensation for their losses and strict action against those responsible. Further investigation is underway.
Three Die Mysteriously: At least three people died mysteriously in separate police precincts of the City on Saturday. The bodies have been removed to the City morgue for postmortem and policemen are investigating the cases.
According to details, a 35-year-old man identified as Nazim Hussain, a resident of Momanpura, was found from a roadside in the Baghbanpura police area. A passerby informed the police, which reached the scene and shifted the body. After receiving the body, the bereaved family members alleged that Nazim’s in-laws had killed him by feeding him poison. A case has been registered to investigate the case.
Similarly, 25-year-old Zahid was intoxicated to death by swindlers in the Ravi Road police area, while swindlers also made away with cash and valuables of the victim. Police have declared him as an addict and maintained the cause of his death was excessive use of drugs.
Separately, a 26-year-old unidentified man was found dead near Stop No 25 in the Shahdara police area. Police after being informed reached the scene and removed the body to the City morgue. Police maintained that the deceased, yet to be identified, was a drug addict and died due to excessive use of drugs.
ILLEGAL PLAZAS: Masti Gate Police registered cases against two traders on charges of constructing illegal plazas on Saturday. The cases have been regist ered against Tariq and Mian Usman on the complaint of the building enforcement inspector. However, the accused are still at large.