Dispute over Rs 50 overcharge: Son of Regal Cinema owner shot dead
LAHORE: An argument arising from an overcharging of Rs 50 led to the killing of Umar Arshad, the eldest son of the owner of Regal Cinema on Sunday. Amir Mughal, an eyewitness, told Daily Times that Umar and his four friends – Majid, Ali, Mehmood and Rizwan – had had dined at a restaurant at Lakshmi Chowk at 4:30am on Sunday morning. At the cashier’s counter, they were presented a bill of Rs 650.
Umar asked the cashier for a discount, but was refused. Umar rechecked the bill and found that it included an extra Rs 50. “You people are looting innocent customers by overcharging them in bills,” he argued with the cashier. Hearing the commotion, the two guards of the restaurant, Rab Nawaz and Hafeez, approached the five men and started beating them with the butts of their guns. When Umar tried to resist, both the guards shot him simultaneously. Rab Nawaz had a .222 rifle while Hafeez was carrying a .30 calibre pistol.
Umar fell on the floor and his friends rushed him to Mayo Hospital where he later died. Both the guards fled the scene. Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Raheel Amjad told Daily Times that he rushed to the scene with a police team as soon as he got the information. He said another team took the body from the hospital to the city morgue for autopsy.
‘Two guns used’ He said that he had found empty shells of two different weapons at the scene. He said that a team raided several places and arrested the hotel owner, Abdul Hameed, and his brother, Abdul Hafeez. Inspector Raheel said that Umar’s friends also identified both the arrested men and told him about the incident. He said a murder case had been registered on the complaint of Umar’s brother.
‘Only one guard opened fire’ The restaurant owners said “The youngsters were drunk and had refused to pay the bill. This resulted in an exchange of harsh words with the cashier. He (Umar) tried to beat a guard, who opened fire.” Umar’s uncle and his friends refuted the hotel owners’ allegations.