LAHORE – Despite heavy deployment of police force across the City, dacoits successfully hit the provincial metropolis for more than 30 times and made off with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 10 million during Eid holidays.
Police sources claimed that robbers shot at and wounded two men on putting up resistance, robbed several residences, looted families and motorists at gunpoint, and fled away after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables from different parts of the City during the past three days. Five cars and four motorcycles were also stolen away from different areas.
As per details, two motorcyclists held up one Nasir at gunpoint near Shouk Chowk in the Johar Town police precincts. As the man offered resistance during the road robbery, the bandits shot at and wounded him and fled away after snatching Rs20,000 and a mobile phone from him. The injured was rushed to the Jinnah Hospital in serious condition.
Robbers also wounded one Aafaq in the Gujjarpura police limits and escaped after snatching Rs10,000 and a mobile phone from him. Five dacoits barged into the house of Muhammad Mubashir situated in the Iqbal Town police vicinity and took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs2.6 million after holding the inmates hostage at gunpoint.
Armed bandits held up two dealers of sacrificial animals in the Shera Kot police limits and snatched away Rs1.9 million from Ghulam Abbas and Saleem.
Gunmen forced their entry into the residences of Munir Ali and Dr Saleem located in the Gujjarpura and Defence police areas, respectively, and fled away after snatching cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs3.2 million.
In other house robberies that took place in the Model Town, Shadbagh, Naseerabad, Manga Mandi, Hanjarwal, Iqbal Town, Baghbanpura, Samanabad, Ichhra, Shahdara, Lower Mall, Shera Kot, Ravi Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Lytton Road and Nawankot police areas, armed bandits took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs8.4 million after holding the families hostage at gunpoint.
Thieves broke into three houses located in the Wahdat Colony, Badami Bagh and Gulshan-e-Ravi police precincts and took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 1.4 million. Police also reported shop robberies in the Islampura and Garden Town police limits.
Meanwhile, five cars were driven away from the Kot Lakhpat, Sanda, Faisal Town, Naseerabad and Shahdara police areas; while five motorcycles were also stolen away from the Millat Park, Manawan, Wahdat Colony, Mustafabad, and Mozang police areas.
Also, a 38-year-old man was found shot dead in the Old Anarkali area, police said on Monday night.
The man, later identified as Tanvir Khan, a resident of Muzaffargarh district in Punjab, was lying dead in a pool of blood alongside a road as the police investigators reached the crime scene.
Some passersby spotted the dead body and contacted the police by phone. The police have removed the body to the morgue for autopsy. Investigators said that unidentified killers shot Tanvir in the leg and head.
Habib Khan, the father of the deceased, told the police that his only son, Tanvir, worked at a tailor shop in the Old Anarkali area for the past two years.
The police are investigating the killing considering various aspects of the happening, including robbery-cum-murder.