LAHORE – Two men were gunned down on Tuesday during crossfire between two rival groups over land dispute in Batapur area, police said.

Ghulam Rasool, 55, and Nashakat Ali, 30, sustained multiple bullet injuries during the crossfire, which took place near village Dograey Kalan. The injured were rushed to a local hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead.  Ghulam Rasool along with his body guards was on his way to the fields when his opponent Shahbaz and his accomplices, riding on motorcycles, appeared there.

Both the rival groups opened indiscriminate fire as they came face to face, police investigators say, adding, the two men from each side were killed during the gunfire, which continued for a considerable time. Both the groups used automatic weapons.

A police official said that Ghulam Rasool and Shahbaz alias Shako groups exchanged gunfire over land dispute. The deceased man, Nashakat Ali, was the accomplice of Shahbaz group.

The police later reached the spot and removed the dead bodies for autopsy. The police have also registered an FIR of the double-murder incidents against Shaukat, Shahbaz, Tanvir and Nawaz on the complaint of Sughran Bibi, widow of Ghulam Rasool. Police said that no one from Shahbaz group contacted the police to receive the dead body. Therefore, they had to register the single FIR of the incident in which two men from each side were murdered. The police are investigating with no arrest made so far.

Both the groups are said to be relatives who developed enmity over the dispute of a piece of land several years ago.

Car snatchers busted: The anti-vehicle lifting staff (AVLS) of Cantonment police division on Tuesday claimed to have smashed a gang of auto-lifters by arresting its three members.

According to a press release, the police have also recovered 27 stolen vehicles from their possession. The arrested bandits are identified as Fazeelur Rehman alias Bhai and his two other accomplices Amjad Ali and Muhammad Aamir. During preliminary investigations, the accused confessed to 35 other incidents of car theft. Further investigations are underway.