LAHORE  - Two persons including a 40-year-old woman were found dead from different parts of the provincial metropolis on Friday. Investigators say they believe a 25-year-old drug addict and a beggar woman died because of sleeping under the open sky in the prevailing chilly weather. In Lahore, mercury dropped as low as three degree Celsius making Sunday the coldest day of the current winter.

The police are yet to ascertain the identities of the deceased persons. The police have removed the bodies to the morgue for autopsy.

A 25-year-old man was recovered dead from a footpath near Sabzi Mandi while the body of a 40-year-old woman was found alongside a road in Manga Mandi police precincts.

Further investigations are underway.

Police raid dance party

Police raided a dance party in Shalimar area late Saturday night and arrested 17 persons including six girls who were busy in ‘merrymaking’ under the heavy influence of liquor.

Sources said that a police party raided a house located in the main bazaar Baghbanpura late Saturday where a dance party was underway. A police officer said that the cops conducted the raid on the complaints of local residents. The police arrested 17 persons including six girls and took them to the police station. The police have also registered a case against the accused persons and are investigating.

Many detained amid general hold up

Lahore police observed three hour long general hold-up by setting up surprise pickets across the provincial metropolis to check the movement of suspected persons, police sources said on Sunday.

A police spokesperson said that the policemen conducted snap-checking of at least 4400 vehicles including 3300 motorcycles during the general hold-up, which began at 12:00 and continued till 03:00pm. The police impounded at least 10 suspected vehicles and also recovered illegal weapons during the snap-checking. Similarly, police also seized 394 motorcycles after the motorcyclists failed to produce registration documents.

Following the deadliest terror assault on the Army-run school in Peshawar, security has been tightened across the Punjab province where the law enforcement and security agencies are conducting special search and sweep operations to hunt down suspected militants. The police are also conducting house-to-house searches against suspected elements in different parts of the Punjab capital, where police patrolling has also been intensified in the sensitive and most sensitive areas.

According to a police spokesperson, at least 133 suspected persons were arrested during search operations in launched the cantonment police division. Dozens of policemen participated in the search and sweep operations conducted in KB Colony, Atifabad, Al-Faisal Town, Jalal Park Gohawa More, and Ismail Town.