LAHORE – A man set on fire his mother-in-law and brother-in-law over a family dispute in the Shafiqabad police area on Saturday.

Police sources said the victims identified as Safia Bibi along with her son had gone for reconciliation with her son-in-law but he admonished them and asked them to leave his home. “As per reports, the accused Umar used to thrash his wife Sameena Bibi and asked her to lend money from her paternal family,” police said.

On Saturday morning, the accused sprinkled kerosene oil on her relatives and set them on fire. Later, the injured were shifted to the Burn Unit of the Mayo Hospital where their condition was stated to be critical. Further investigation is underway.

2 dacoits killed in shootout: Two dacoits were gunned down by Sabzazar Police Circle in an encounter in broad daylight on Saturday while four people including two police officers, a housewife and her son sustained multiple bullet injuries.

“Police teams responded to a phone call by an informer within 100 seconds and successfully closed the chapters of desperate killers,” said Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir. He said this was not a police initiative or planned episode rather policemen were left with no other option but to retaliate in the same manner.

“One can analyse the situation that the armed bandits opened indiscriminate firing on family members and even on police officers, leaving four people critically injured,” he held. Tahir further said although the City Police had been trying to identify them and trace cases against them, yet the modus operandi of the accused indicate that they were hardened gangsters.

On behalf of the IGP, the DIG announced Rs100,000 for the SHO; Rs75,000 each for the injured ASI and constable; and Rs20,000 for the informer.

Sabzazar SHO Hasnain Haider said the police encounter, which lasted for 20 minutes, resulted in death of two dacoits who are yet to be identified He said the Crime Record Branch had been asked to extend its cooperation for the identification of the dead. He said two pistols, gold ornaments and over Rs1 million have been recovered from their possession.

A family member said that around 3pm, two armed bandits barged their entry into the House No-31, E-Block, owned by Rai Zulfiqar and held the entire family hostage on gunpoint. “Our neighbour somehow managed to inform Emergency Police 15. A heavy contingent of police reached the spot timely and cordoned off the home and surroundings,” he stated.

The Sabzazar SHO further maintained that on seeing the police teams, the dacoits sprayed straight bullets on them, which were retaliated. Resultantly, two dacoits were killed whereas the injured people were shifted to the Emergency Department of the Jinnah Hospital where their condition is stated to be critical, he held. Later, the bodies were removed to the City morgue for autopsy. Further investigation is underway.

Inquiry: The Chung Police Training School consultant has initiated an inquiry after a widow requested the chief minister to provide her justice because some police officers of the Crime Investigation Department intended to grab her home located in West Wood Colony.

She submitted an application with the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and informed that some police officers currently serving in the CID were backing the mafia of land grabbers. On which, the chief minister appointed DIG Major (r) Mubashir Ullah Khan to probe into the matter and report him as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by two unidentified youth from Shadbagh Police Area on Saturday. A complainant namely Abdul Rehman of Bhagatpura has submitted an application and maintained that her sister Sehrish was kidnapped by two unidentified people. A case has been lodged with no arrest so far.