LAHORE Dacoits on Thursday gunned down a 60-year-old contractor and wounded his partner on offering resistance and successfully snatched away cash, and prize bonds worth Rs 10 million during broad daylight robbery in Lytton Road area. Police sources said that the robbers also fired several warning shots, creating panic in Citys downtown during rush hours. Despite timely information to the police emergency, the policemen reached the spot after considerable delay, eyewitness said. According to the police, Muhammad Saadat Ali along with his partner Muhammad Waheed, riding on a motorcycle, was coming back after withdrawing cash and prize-bonds worth Rs 10 million from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) when armed bandits intercepted the duo at Fasih Road in Lytton Road police vicinity. A number of motorists and passersby witnessed the daylight robbery at the busy road but none of them tried to challenge the bandits, local shopkeepers said. The bandits held up the men at gunpoint and demanded the bag, containing the cash. As the resident of Samanabad (88-N), Saadat Ali, put up resistance and tried to overpower the bandits, they opened straight fire at him. The desperate robbers also shot at and injured his partner Waheed and snatched away the bag. Both the men sustained multiple bullet wounds and were rushed to a local hospital, where Saadat Ali succumbed to injuries. The condition of Waheed was reported to be critical till filing of this report. The daylight robbery-cum-killing spread a wave of terror in the entire locality. Later, a good number of locals gathered on the spot and staged strong protest demonstration against the police. The protesters also chanted slogans against the police high-ups and the provincial government. They said that the police have badly failed to provide protection to the life and property of the citizens. Meanwhile, the police reached the spot and dispersed the protesters. The police have removed the body to the morgue for an autopsy and are investigating with no arrest made so far. Daylight armed dacoities have become order of the day here in the provincial capital, where the police are unable to control the rising incidents of heinous crimes. Last week, at least six gunmen, struck another commercial bank and fled away after collecting Rs four million during daylight dacoity in Chuhng police area. This bank dacoity was the 7th such incident in the provincial metropolis since April this year. Ironically, despite being given proof in the shape of video clips, the cops are still clueless about the gangs involved in ban robberies. A top police officer believed that all the six bandits were Pushtun militants linked to TTP. Police investigators so far have failed to make any breakthrough in this regard. On August 28, continuing their ruthless action, dacoits shot dead a body-builder-cum-trader and his brother-in-law in Samanabad area as they had offered resistance and tried to overpower the bandits during robbery. The wife of one of the dead and sister to the other lost her mental balance after witnessing the gruesome murders in front of her eyes. According to the police record, no less than eight people have killed by dacoits during armed robberies here in different parts of the provincial metropolis during the last couple of months. But the police have failed to trace any of the gangs involved in terrible crimes. The police investigations, sources said, had reached dead end in all such cases. A police officer, requesting not be named, told this reporter that 'the rising crime in the hear of the Punjab province speaks volume of the police apathy as the investigators have completely failed to break the network of gangsters involved in killings and big robberies.