Riots broke out in Cantonment area when a loader driver was shot dead by unidentified armed robbers, on resistance during robbery in a chemical store here on Tuesday.

The deceased was identified as Abdul Majeed, 60. The accused managed to escape from the spot. An unnecessary delay in the arrival of police at the crime spot sparked public anger, who took to the roads and shut down entire business of life in Cantonment area. A CCTV footage grabbed by the cameras installed at the store showed that two robbers entered the Chemical store of one Mian Amir and one of them was captured by the deceased Abdul Hameed. However, another robber, who stood outside the store, fired a bullet that hit Abdul Hameed in his head, killing him on the spot.

Enraged mob staged a sit-in outside Cantt Police station and shouted slogans against police. People claimed that they called police time and again but no cop turned up even after 30 minutes. The protesters dispersed after an assurance from the police high-ups that the accused would be arrested soon. The body of the deceased was shifted to Nishtar Hospital for autopsy. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the district police said that the CCTV footage was obtained and the accused would be captured soon.

Stern action: Acting Divisional Commissioner Tariq Javed Malik said that stern action will be taken against the persons involved in canal water theft and it was the responsibility of the Irrigation Department to ensure smooth flow of water to tail-end to facilitate the farmers.

He was addressing a meeting held under his chairmanship at commissioner office Gujranwala here the other. Additional Commissioner Riaz Ahmed Butt, Irrigation Department SE Tariq, XEN Tabbasam Shafiq and irrigation officers from other districts also attended the meeting.

The participants were informed that hundreds of water theft cases had been registered including 63 cases registered in Gujranwala, 21 in Sialkot, 24 in Gujrat, 36 in Mandi Bahauddin and 134 were registered against water thieves in Hafizabad district so far.

On the occasion, the commissioner advised the officers that necessary steps should be adopted to stop the canal water theft, adding that no leniency should be shown to such culprits.