LAHORE - A father of two was shot dead while fighting back bandits on a busy road, minutes after he dropped his children at a school in Baghbanpura on early Wednesday.
Classes at the school were suspended as the children were informed about the killing of their father outside the campus.
The gruesome killing triggered terror in the populous neighbourhood as angry protesters took to the streets and chanted slogans against the police for failing to control rising crimes particularly armed robberies.
Forty-year-old Sajjad Ahmad had just dropped his two children at a nearby school and was coming back home when two gunmen intercepted him on the main road. They took out pistols and demanded his wallet and cell phone but Ahmad argued. He resisted as the bandits tried to snatch cash and valuables from him.
Mughalpura Station House Officer Babar said, “The entire scene can be seen in a CCTV footage taken from a nearby shop where the incident took place in the morning.
“The motorcyclist fought back bravely. As he fell on the ground, one of the gunmen shot at him.”
The bandits fled after snatching cash and valuables from Ahmad as he received multiple bullet injuries.
According to the SHO, the footage shows a car and a couple of passersby walking around but none of them tried to intervene. The injured was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to wounds. The police reached the crime scene when the robbers had escaped.
Locals and relatives gathered outside the Baghbanpura police station and staged a protest demonstration against the police. They also chanted slogans against the Punjab government over worsening law and order situation and a rise in gun crimes.
As usual, the police “hushed up” the robbery factor of the heinous crime.
The police have registered a murder case against unidentified killers on the complaint of Adeel, a close relative of the deceased. No arrest was made till Wednesday night.
The complainant also protested over the police attitude resulting in burking of crimes, and demanded the police chief to order the registration of the case of robbery and murder.
In May, Lahore CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains suspended the station house officer (SHO) of Sabzazar police station over crime burking. The police chief had warned the field officers not to indulge in burking of crimes and be tolerant and sensitive towards the common man.
Burking of crime leads to dilution of the rule of law in the short-run and it also has a very negative impact on the course of law in the long-run since people stop respecting the authorities, crime experts say.