RAWALPINDI - Five persons were killed while one got injured in a firing incident on Monday at an inn located in the jurisdiction of Police Station (PS) Pirwadhai.

Police said that brazen incident took place at “Khan Rehaish Gah,” a local inn on Main Pirwadhai Road, at 3:30 a.m. when two persons, the inn’s janitor and the customer, argued over the rent Rs 200 and bad condition of the room, and it ended in gunfire. Police also informed that four died at the scene and one at the hospital.

According to sources, the shooter took away the record register along with him while fleeing the crime scene, putting police in troubles as it was now difficult for the law enforcers to trace out the killer. Rescue 1122 shifted the dead bodies and injured person to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) for autopsy and medical treatment.

Those killed on the spot during shooting were identified as Muhammad Munir, Muhammad Mubashir alias Kabli, Muhammad Wali and Bashir whereas one Hazrat Umer took his last breath in the hospital. A case has been registered against the unknown assassin and investigation is under way, informed police. However, the assassin could not be traced so far.

The investigation officer Sub-Inspector Khali Ahmed, who recorded the statement of injured janitor Hazrat Umer who sustained bullet injury near eye and spoke with police at hospital bed just before dying, said that Umer along with Muhammad Mubashir were sitting on counter when a young boy came inside the inn at 3:30am and demanded a room on rent.

He told that the room was shown to the customer and Rs 200 was charged from him. After a while the customer came again on the counter and started quarrelling with Munir complaining that the room was dirty and rent was too much. Hearing the noise, Wali, Musbashir and Bashir woke up and tried to overwhelm the angry young man. However, the young boy pulled out his pistol and started firing leaving Munir, Wali, Mubashir and Bashir dead on the spot, said investigation officer, adding that Hazrat Umer received bullet injury near eye and fell on the ground.

He said that hearing the firing sound, another customer Faisal son of Liaquat appeared from his room to know what was happening in the hotel when the shooter opened fire on him and got him injured. After committing the crime, the killer managed to escape from the scene, IO added. Replying a question, IO said that police took all the record of the inn into custody and initiated probe into the matter.

During an interaction with TheNation, SP Rawal Town Chaudhry Hanif confirmed the incident, saying: “The shooter killed four employees and injured another just because of filthy condition of the room he hired against Rs 200 in the inn.”

The SP said that so far police were clueless about the killer; however, the killer would be traced out within 24 hours. “There will be good news for media within next 24 hours that police succeeded in arresting the killer” he added.

Chaudhry Hanif also rebuffed the reports that the inn was a hub of child abuse saying: “So far no any clue or complaint from any one came on surface”. Police was investigating the matter from different aspects and solve the saga, he added.

On the other hand, the gory incident gripped the whole locality into fear as business activities remained thin in the locality where the incident took place. The traders and many other residents demanded of police to arrest the killer as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, a man has suffered bullet injury into his head during indiscriminate firing opened by two robbers who were fleeing after looting cash and mobile from an auto spare parts shop at gunpoint at Astabal Road on Monday within the area of Police Station Gunjmandi.

The maimed man identified as Malik Bilal runs an auto spare parts in the market. He was rushed to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) for medical treatment, where doctors shifted him to intensive care unit because of his serious condition.

According to PS Ganjmandi Sub-Inspector (SI) Muhammad Akram, two armed burglars ridding on a motorcycle arrived at “Manzoor Autos” and held the owner Fida Hussain and his partner Amjad Mehmood hostage at gunpoint. Later, the robbers colleted Rs 30,000 cash and mobile phone and fled.

The IO informed that the robbers opened firing while running from the scene when a bullet hit Malik Bilal, a shopkeeper hails from Pirwadhai, into his head injuring him critically. Police and Rescue 1122 transported the injured man to DHQ for treatment. Police registered a case against the unknown intruders.

Meanwhile, dozens of traders poured into streets and on roads and held a protest demonstration at Fawara Chowk. The enraged protestors shouted slogans against the police and demanded of City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokher to arrest the robbers and provide the traders with security.