Lahore – The LHC sought a reply from Inspector General of Punjab Police on a petition filed by a prisoner fearing that police might kill him in a staged shootout. Hearing a petition filed by under trial Faisalabad inmate Umar Iqbal, Justice Ali Baqar Najfi directed the IGP to ensure security of the prisoner.  The petitioner through his counsel submitted that his client was in jail and his trial was in progress. He said police had registered 17 fake cases against him from 2005-10 but the courts had acquitted him in 14 of them. He alleged that police had been doing so at the behest of SP CIA Umar Virk and recently he was picked from Lahore and detained in the Faisalabad jail. He said the police had again lodged a fake dacoity case against him while he was behind the bars. He said if the prisoners in custody of the jail officials are not secure what about the common citizens.  He prayed the court to issue directions for the police not to kill his client but instead protect his life. The judge on the petition issued notice to the IGP for January 02 and also directed him to give protection to the petitioner prisoner.