Lahore: Militant arrested at police picket
LAHORE: The police on Saturday arrested an activist of a banned militant organisation, police sources told Daily Times. The militant, Imran Mayo, was arrested at a police picket when the policemen deployed there stopped the van he was in. There were six people in the van, including two women. Mayo stepped out of the van, coming to the city from Kasur, and scuffled with the policemen while the vehicle sped away. The police were trying to find out who the other five people were whom Mayo helped flee.
The van driver had sped past policemen signalling him to stop. The vehicle stopped at a distance and Mayo stepped out with an automatic pistol. He shot in the air and told his accomplices to flee. The policemen at the picket fled in terror except Constable Shabbir, who lunged at Mayo.
Sources said special pickets had been set up in the city after intelligence reports that militants were in the city. Mayo was arrested at such a picket set up on Ferozepur Road near Gajomata Bridge.
Mayo shot at Shabbir, but missed. Mayo beat the constable severely with his pistol’s butt. Shabbir’s colleagues saved him and caught Mayo. Shabbir was rushed to the General Hospital where doctors said he was out of danger.
During interrogation, the militant identified himself as Imran Mayo, member of a banned militant organisation. He said he had left his house in Sialkot several years ago and was currently living with his fellow militants. He did not tell the police about the people in the van.
Senior police officers did not deny the arrest, but refused to comment. The police set up six teams of Lahore and Kasur police to arrest other militants. Shahnawaz Khan