LAHORE – Unidentified gunmen barged into a house and shot dead a 40-year-old police official in the Ichhra police limits on Saturday. The killers escaped from the crime scene instantly.  The deceased, identified as Muhammad Akram, said to be the driver of Superintendent of the Camp Jail, was sleeping in the rented quarter, where unidentified men shot him dead.

Local residents told the police that resident of Chunian, Akram, was residing along with his cousin Arif in the small apartment.  Both the men were sleeping in the house when unidentified men forced their entry and opened fire on Akram, who sustained multiple bullets wounds and died on the spot. The police have removed the body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating with no arrest made so far. A murder case has also been registered against unidentified killers.

Found dead: City police recovered the body of an unidentified man from the main bazaar in the Data Darbar area on Saturday. Police investigators said that the man, yet to be identified, was apparently a drug addict. The police removed the body to the morgue.

In another incident, a 70-year-old man was found dead from the Tibbi City police area. Police claimed that the old man, unidentified so far, was also a drug addict, who apparently died of cold. Further investigations are underway.

Gang smashed: Kahna Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested four members of a 12-member dacoit gang involved in several cases of crimes including house robberies. The police also recovered looted valuables and illegal weapons from their possession.

According to officials, during preliminary investigations, the arrested accused confessed to 21 incidents of armed robberies that they had committed in different parts of the City. The alleged bandits were identified as Waris alias Warsi, the ringleader of Odh Dacoit Gang, and his three accomplices including Munawar alias Kaka, Hashmat and Nasir. The police have also recovered two cars, a wagon, mobile phones, and illegal weapons from their possession. Police said that raids are underway to arrest the 8 members of the gang, who are still at large. Police also claimed that the bandits used to torture women during house robberies to snatch maximum cash and gold ornaments.  DIG (Operations) Muhammad Tahir Rai has announced cash prizes and commendatory certificates for the police team.

Meanwhile, SHO Akbari Gate Zahid Hussain arrested three people and recovered 2000 kites and 60 rolls of chemical string from their possession. The arrested men were identified as Naveed, Dilawar and Abul Rehman alias Mani. The police have registered a case against them and are investigating.  Kite-flying is ban in the city, where the police are directed to launch crack down on the violators aggressively.