LAHORE – Dacoits hit the provincial metropolis more than 20 times, shot dead a father of six on offering resistance, robbed residences, looted motorists and passers-by, and fled away after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables millions of rupees at gunpoint, police sources claimed on Wednesday.

A 40-year-old vegetable vendor, later identified as Ghulam Mustafa, was on his to the market on Wednesday morning when three gunmen riding a motorcycle intercepted him near China Bridge in the Shadbagh police precincts. The robbers held up the resident of Bhaghat Pura at gunpoint and demanded cash and mobile phone.

As Ghulam Mustafa tried to raise an alarm, the bandits opened straight fire on him and fled away after snatching tens of thousands of rupees and a mobile phone from him. The father of six sustained multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot.

Dozens of people gathered on the spot soon after the incident and staged a strong protest demonstration against the police. They said that the Punjab government had failed to provide protection to the lives and property of the citizens. Later, the police reached the spot and removed the dead body to the morgue for autopsy. The police have registered the case with no arrest made so far.

Also, three robbers barged into the residence of Sajjad in Misri Shah  and escaped after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs700,000 after holding the inmates’ hostage at gunpoint.

Armed bandits stormed into the house of Jamshaid in the Manga Mandi police area and took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs600,000 at gunpoint. Robbers forced their entry into the house of one Adnan in the Township police precincts and snatched away cash and gold ornaments worth Rs500,000 at gunpoint.

Armed bandits also looted five more houses located in the Nishtar Colony, Ravi Road, Mozang, Chuhng and Batapur police areas; and snatched away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs2 million. Robbers also looted three houses located in the Samanabad, Factory Area and Harbanspura police areas and fled away after collecting cash and valuables worth Rs300,000. Three cars were stolen away from the Johar Town, Shadman and Shahdara police areas; while three motorcycles were also stolen away from the Naulakha, Mughalpura and Shadbagh police areas.

Two police constables deployed at the fish farm situated in Raiwind have been suspended because they failed to foil a dacoity-attempt. Police sources said that dacoits had forced their entry into the farm, overpowered policemen and snatched away guns from the cops about 10 days ago. Later, leaving the guns in the same area, the bandits escaped. The police have registered the case.