Property row claims five lives; leaves two injured

OKARA-Four persons were shot dead by rivals allegedly over a land dispute while a woman was crushed to death under wheels of the vehicle on which the assailants had fled on Saturday.
According to police, four persons including Mian Khan, Haji Zafar, Ashraf and Manzoor; residents of Shankar Das village were on the way on motorcycles. They were intercepted by Shaukat alias Shoki in a pick-up van. He along with five accomplices opened indiscriminate fire on the motorcyclists. They fell dead on the spot. A woman, Nusrat Bibi, wife of Amanat, was crushed to death under wheels of the pick-up van when the accused were fleeing from the scene. The van also hit a man namely Farooq and a woman, Kausar Parveen, wife of Zafar Abbas. They were injured critically and were rushed to Okara District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital.
On information, DPO Hassan Asad Alvi ordered the Gogera police SHO to arrest the murderers at the earliest. The police started collecting proofs and evidence from the crime scene. Preliminary investigation revealed that there was an enmity between Shoki and the deceased persons over a piece of land.
NEW YEAR’S SECURITY PLAN
DPO Hassan Asad Alvi lauded performance of policemen and cooperation of District Peace Committee, citizens and the Christian community for maintaining peace during Christmas celebrations in the district. “It is the first and foremost priority of the police to provide security to the minorities of the country as they are equal citizens of Pakistan,” the DPO pointed out. He informed that the police have now chalked out a foolproof security plan for the New Year’s Night celebrations. He disclosed that at least 1,200 policemen would be deployed across the district during New Year’s Night. Security would be enhanced at exit and entry points of cities and towns. The DPO said that one-wheeling is not a sport and rather it is a deadliest stunt and violation of traffic laws. He warned stern action against wheelies doers. Violators of Amplifier Act would also be dealt with sternly, the DPO added.

Four robber-cum-gang rapists gunned down

MULTAN-Four alleged accused involved in a gang rape and robbery were killed in an armed encounter with police on NLC by-pass in wee hours of Saturday, police said.
The shootout took place in the Seetal Mari Police jurisdiction. The killed outlaws were identified as Ajmal, Ashraf, Abdul Malik and Qamar.
Sources said that a police party was taking two accused namely Ajmal and Ashraf for the arrest of the remaining accused when their accomplices opened fire on police vehicle. Police also retaliated and when firing stopped police recovered the bodies of two assailants namely Abdul Malik and Qamar. Police claimed that Ajmal and Ashraf also came under fire from their accomplices and died at the spot. Police shifted the bodies of the killed outlaws to city morgue.
It is to be recalled that five armed robbers had robbed the house of one Zulfiqar and raped his 25 year old wife two days back. The robbers managed to escape after the crime while the woman was shifted to hospital for medical aid.

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