LAHORE – Two alleged robbers were gunned down in what appeared to be a police ‘encounter’ which took place in Defence B Police Area in the wee hours of Sunday.

The deceased were identified as Muhammad Azam, son of Allah Ditta of Thatha Kamiyana, Kasur and Irfan alias Laal, son of Amanat of Gurokey, Kasur.

Police investigators said the Defence SHO along with few cops was deputed at the Ghazi Road Police Post when they witnessed four suspects on two motorbikes. “We signaled them to stop for routine checking but they opened indiscriminate fire on police party,” one of the policemen said, adding the cops also retaliated in the same manner.

According to him, crossfire continued for 15 minutes, which resulted in instant death of two robbers whereas two unidentified accomplices of the deceased managed to flee the scene.

An insider, however, claimed the deceased were in police custody for the last several days and police closed the chapter of their life on early Saturday. “It was a pure staged encounter, because none of the police officers even sustained minor bullet injuries,” he stated. Later, police claimed to have confiscated pistols, dozens of bullets, cell phones and other valuables from the crime scene. The bodies were shifted to the City morgue for autopsy.

One Sajid alias Saju, cousin of the deceased robbers, was also gunned down during a police encounter in Kasur few days back.

Similarly, four people died in different mishaps in the City on Saturday. According to the details, the body of a 35-year-old travel agent was found strangled from the premises of Govt Pakistan Model High School, Rehmanpura.

The Wahdat Colony Police said the deceased identified as Muhammad Ashraf, father of two, left his home to get mobile easy-load on Saturday night. “But, his body was found from the toilet of the aforesaid school,” a duty police officer said, adding visible marks of torture was found on different parts of his body and it appeared Ashraf was strangled to death. The heirs to the deceased, however, have alleged the headmaster of the school was mastermind behind this killing.

A 36-year-old driver succumbed to injuries shortly after his rashly driven tractor struck into the wall near the FC College. Muhammad Umar of Kot Radha Kishan was heading towards Thokar Niaz Baig from Jail Road but unfortunately his tractor collided with a wall. Subsequently, he sustained multiple injuries and died instantly. The body was handed over to the family after police completed necessary medico-legal formalities.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old boy drowned in the canal near Thokar Niaz Baig while the body of a 14-year-old boy was also recovered from the same canal on Sunday. A rescue official said the boy, yet to be identified, was swimming in the canal when he drowned surprisingly.

Similarly, a security guard was electrocuted in Chung police area. Police said the deceased namely Jami Ameen worked as security guard at a local housing society. Police said he sustained an electric shock during Sehri timing and died instantly.