LAHORE - Three persons were gunned down by their rival group over an old enmity here in Gujjarpura area on Thursday. The enmity has claimed the lives of around a dozen of people from both sides so far. The victim family along with around hundred villagers took bodies to the Governor's House and lodged a strong protest. They blocked The Mall for traffic leaving no option for the top senior police officers other than to reach the spot. Later, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa also reached the Governor's House and assured them of arresting the culprits within 24 hours. The furious people including the relatives of the victims, after getting the assurance, dispersed. According to Gujjarpura police, Chaudhry Azam, 36, alongwith his two servants Shaukat, 35, and and Ameen,30, were on their way in a tractor trolley when the rivals Maqsood, Muhammad Amjad, Amer and six others intercepted them and started firing in Karol Pind. As a result they received serious bullet injuries and died on the spot. The accused remained at the crime scene for some times to ensure death of their rivals and later fled from the scene. The deceased Chaudhry Azam was father of nine children. Police said that enmity had been running between Bao Azeem and Chaudhry Ashraf groups for several years. The SHO said that around eight members of Azam group and one of Bao group had been murdered due to enmity between them. Muhammad Shaukat, the member of Ashraf group and his two brothers Muhammad Liaquat and Azam had also been murdered. He said that rivalry between them started on the dispute of removing heap of sands from the river. Shaukat, brother of deceased Azam Chaudhry told the police that Bao Azeem group had killed nine persons of their party in a period of two years. Deceased Azam was the father of seven children. Later, the family members of deceased persons their friends and a large number of residents of the village Karol took the bodies to the Governor's House to lodge their protest. The protestors burnt tyres and blocked the road for three hours. They were demanding arrest of the killers and refused to take bodies back unless the killers were arrested. Meanwhile, traffic remained blocked on The Mall and other adjoining roads. Earlier, scuffles were reported between the police and protestors on the way when victim family and villagers were taking bodies of the deceased from village to the Governor's House. Police tried to stop the protestors and asked them to take back bodies, but they refused to do so. When police tried to use force, the protestors started pelting stones on the policemen. In order to disperse the protestors, policemen also baton-charged the demonstrators and resultantly some of them sustained minor injuries. The furious villagers, however, managed to reach in front of the Governor's House where they held strong protest amid heavy deployment of police. CCPO Pervez Rathore, MPAs Rana Tajamal Hussain, Mohsin Latif, SSP Operations Ch Shafiq Ahmad and other senior police officers reached the spot and asked the angry mob to end their agitation. The police officials assured them about arrests of the culprits but they refused saying that they wanted to meet the PML-N leaders Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Punjab and the Punjab Chief Minister. At that time a heavy contingent of police was present in front of the Governor's House to check any untoward incident. Pervez Rathore on this occasion told them that police teams have been constituted to arrest  the accused involved in murderers. The protestors claimed that PML-Q leader Ashiq Dayal was backing the killers. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa reached the spot when he was informed about demands of the protestors. The CM held negotiations with elders and family members of the deceased persons and assured them arrest of the culprits within 24 hours. He informed the protestors that the PML-N top leaders and Governor were out of the city. He assured them on the behalf of these leaders to arrest the culprits. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also directed the CCPO Lahore to set up a police checkpost at the Krol Pind. He said that police would provide security to grieved families and will also give them licenses of weapons for their self-protection.