Lahore: 2 killed, 12m taken in daring daylight heist on The Mall
LAHORE: Two people, including the son-in-law of an inspector of Sherakot police, were shot dead on Monday by thieves on The Mall, a few yards from the Governor House. The armed robbers were successful in stealing Rs 12 million in cash, within the limits of the Race Course police station. The deceased have been identified as Rizwan (22), son-in-law of an Inspector, Ramzan (32), a driver and the third victim was identified as Tahir Butt.
The killing caused mayhem on The Mall, and brought traffic to a halt for more than an hour. Commuters abandoned their cars and ran for their lives as the thieves committed the crime. The victims were reportedly on their way home after withdrawing money from a bank near Bank Square when two unidentified people riding a motorcycle parked their bike on the service lane, forced the vehicle to stop and opened fire on it. Rizwan died on the spot, while Ramzan, the driver, and his friend were rushed to Services Hospital where Ramzan also succumbed to his injuries.
The robbers opened the trunk of the car and removed the bag filled with money and were driving off when a security guard opened fire on them, however, they were successful in escaping.
Motive: Traffic wardens on The Mall said that police officials of the Lahore Police had failed to trap the killers, who escaped in broad daylight. When contacted, Superintendent Police Investigation Civil Lines Ashraf Haider said that it was too early to ascertain if the incident had been a dacoity attempt or a targeted killing. He said that dacoits never attempted robberies on busy roads and the way the incident had occurred cast doubt as to the motives. However, SP (Operations) Civil Lines confirmed that it was a dacoity attempt with double murder, as the victims had left a bank after withdrawing money. The dead bodies have been shifted to the morgue for autopsy. However, no case had been registered until the filing of this report.