Four bandits, said to be members of a notorious criminal racket, were killed in a shootout with Lalian Police in Chak Bahadar area here on Monday.

According to detail, four dacoits were looting citizens and motorists after setting up a picket at Havali Morr on Lalian Sanghara Road. Later, they ran away toward Chak Bahadar forest.

Meanwhile, the police were tipped off about the presence of the bandits in the forest. At which the Lalian Police flanked by Elite Force personnel chased after the bandits. At the sight of police, the bandits started firing which the former retaliated and the shootout continued for two hours. Resultantly, all the four bandits were killed. According to the police the accused were symbol of fear in area and were wanted by the police in various cases. The police also claimed to have recovered arms and booty from their possession.

Meanwhile, District Police officer Abdul Qadir Qamar said that three of the bandits were identified as Abu Bakar, son of Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Chenab Nagar, Asif, son of Akbar, a resident of Lak Sian, district Sargodha; Mazhar Nawaz, son of Ameer, a resident of Budha Goga, district Sargodha while identity of the fourth was yet to be identified.

The DPO added that the deceased bandits had been involved in dozens of cases of dacoities, murder, attempt to murder and other heinous crimes in Sargodha; Faisalabad and Chiniot districts. They also shot dead a cop of the Elite Force cop in January 2014 while attempting dacoity at a house in Kot Momin, district Sargodha, he claimed.

RPO INSPECTS ROUTES: Faisalabad Regional Police Officer Ehsan Tufail inspected arrangements on the routes of Muharram processions along with DPO Abdul Qadir Qamar here on Monday. On the occasion, he directed that the police would remain alert during the holy month to avert any contingency. He also called upon the messes to extend corporation to the police to maintain law and order.

Earlier, briefing the RPO, the DPO informed that the police had chalked out foolproof security arrangements to thwart evil designs to disruptive element and ensure law and order in the district during the month of Muharram.