LAHORE - The provincial police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested three accused in killing a bystander while snatching exam answer sheets at City Chowk Bahawalnagar the other day.

A spokesman of the Punjab government said that the police also recovered solved answers sheets, illegal weapons, mobile phones and a motorcycle from their possession.

According to officials, the Superintendent of government Comprehensive High School Shahzad Mukhtar was on his way to deposit solved answers sheets of FA English in the Bank at City Chowk when unidentified motorcyclists tried to snatch solved answer sheets at gunpoint on May 5.

The motorcyclists opened fire at a passerby Umer Farooq who tried to intervene and fled away with the answer sheets. Punjab Chief Minister Punjab and IGP ordered district police to immediately arrest the criminals.

A police team under the supervision of DPO Bahawalnagar Athar Ismail took action and arrested the prime accused Muhammad Sarmad, also his accomplices Rehan Bashir and Ataur Rehman Lali and registered a case against them.

During investigation, the main accused Sarmad disclosed that his English subject was weak. Therefore, he along with his accomplices Rehan Bashir and Ataur Rehman alias Lali decided to snatch solved papers. After solving the papers, the accused mailed the exams papers back. Further investigation was underway.