LAHORE - A 30-year-old man was gunned down by his opponents in Kot Lakhpat on Tuesday. Investigators said Muhammad Nazir, a resident of Ferozwala, was waiting for bus at Kot Lakhpat terminal, when four armed motorcyclists attacked him.

Police said that the deceased was targeted as he was returning from a local court appearance in connection with a murder case in which he was a nominated accused.  The police have moved the body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating.

Separately, a rickshaw-driver was stabbed to death by unidentified men in Shahdara Town. Police said Waqas, alias Mitho, was standing outside his rented house located in the Clifton Colony when unidentified men repeatedly stabbed him. The resident of Gujranwala, Waqas, was rushed to a hospital in serious condition but died in the way. The killers fled from the crime scene. Police have registered a case and are investigating.

Three proclaimed offenders (POs) were killed in a ‘shootout’ in the Lower Mall police area late Monday night, police sources said on Tuesday.

Police investigators claimed that the bandits opened fire on cops as they raided a building on a tip off.  All three alleged criminals were found dead in a portion of the plaza after the shootout. All policemen remained unhurt during the crossfire which, according to the police, continued for a considerable time.

One of the bandits was identified as Kashif Butt, a proclaimed offender with Rs700000 head money announced by the provincial government.

Police said that the robbers were wanted to the police in several cases. The police are yet to ascertain the identity of two others.

Contrary to the police claim, a source in the Lahore police disclosed to The Nation that the alleged bandits were in police custody for the last couple of days. The police staged a fake encounter after Monday midnight and killed the gangsters. The police later removed the bodies to the morgue for autopsy.