LAHORE - A 22-year-old man yesterday was found dead from New Anarkali police area. The body was moved to the morgue for an autopsy. 

Police said the man, unidentified so far, was lying dead alongside a footpath as they reached the spot. Some shopkeepers witnessed the body in the Urdu Bazaar and contacted the police by phone. The police were investigating the death.

two injured in Police shooting

Two young men yesterday were injured during a ‘shootout’ with police in Shahdara area. The injured were shifted to the Mayo hospital in serious condition.

Police claimed both the men identified as Rashid and Waqar were robbers. Cops also seized six mobile phones and firearms from their possession, local police said.

According to officials, a police party signaled four suspected motorcyclists to stop for checking near Baradari in Shahdara but they opened fire on the policemen. The police also retaliated. As a result, two men sustained bullet injuries while their accomplices fled. The police arrested the injured and shifted them to a hospital. However, no policeman was hurt during the crossfire. Further investigations were underway.

Op against illegal afghans

Lahore’s Operations police chief DIG Haider Ashraf yesterday ordered the police to step up security sweep in the metropolis particularly in Afghan settlements to hunt down suspected elements.

The move comes as the city police are preparing a comprehensive security strategy ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram-ul-Haram. Tens of thousands of police are put on guard across the province to ensure foolproof security on both the religious events.

There are several Afghan settlements in Lahore and its suburb. A great number of Afghans are running businesses in the leading markets of the metropolis. Similarly, Lorry Adda, Badami Bagh, Railways Station, Landa Bazaar, and truck stand are frequented by Afghans, mostly those staying illegally in the country.

DIG Haider Ashraf yesterday ordered the clampdown on Afghan settlements while he was presiding over a law and order meeting at Sadar police division. SP Sadar division, all circle officers, and station house officers were also present on this occasion.

The police use biometric machines to verify the particulars of individuals during the security operations.

The DIG also directed the field officers to intensify armed patrolling in the crime-prone areas of the metropolis. He said that the street crime rate decreased in the city due to the effective patrolling by the Dolphin Force and Police Response Units.

The field officers were directed to ensure best security arrangements around government installations, important buildings, and commercial centers. The station house officers were also directed to regularly check the security at educational institutions in their respective area.

On this occasion, the DIG also said that high-tech operations room were being established in the model police stations of the city in the first phase after the completion of such nerve-centers at the divisional level.–Staff Reporter

He further informed that Detective Foot Constables were deployed in different parts of the city to collect information at local level and deeply monitor the law and order situation. The Foot Constables were given special tasks to gather information from various neighbourhoods with regard to national action plan.