Lahore: Double murder, dacoity near Governor’s House
LAHORE: Relatives of the victims of a dacoity–cum double murder have held Lahore police responsible for the loss of two precious lives in the dacoity on The Mall near Governor’s House on Monday. Talking to The News, the elder brother of Tahir Butt, who was injured in the dacoity, said that the government was busy in a power struggle and protection of life and property of citizens was least of its concerns. Tahir Butt’s uncle said Lahore police failed to arrest dacoits on The Mall.
He said the gruesome killing of two people near Governor’s House had proved that the operations wing of Lahore police only made hollow claims about foolproof security arrangements and extensive patrolling. Victims Khawja Rizwan and Ramazan’s families have appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to ensure the immediate arrest of dacoits.
The deceased were laid to rest in Sabzazar on Tuesday in the presence of a large number of mourners. The victim, Ramazan, was a driver and belonged to Narowal. The Operations and Investigation Wing and CIA have failed to arrest and identify the criminals even after lapse of two days. CCPO Pervaiz Rathore has constituted three teams to probe the incident and arrest the killers.
An investigation officer said criminals’ photos had also been received from the Crime Review Office (CRO) and record of CCTV cameras installed in banks was also being collected. He said the record of phone calls of victims would also be checked. Robbers opened fire when the victims whipped out their 9mm pistols, he said.
Racecourse police have registered a case on the complaint of Victim Khawja Rizwan’s father Haji Babar Masood, a resident of Sabzazar Scheme. The complainant told the police that he ran an electronics business in Sabzazar. He said that on Monday, his son and his friend Tahir Butt and the driver, Ramazan, left Sabzazar for Bank Square near Nela Gumbad to withdraw money from a bank. According to the FIR, they withdrew an amount of Rs 15 million from two banks at Bank Square. They were intercepted by two unidentified people, riding a motorbike, near PC Hotel on The Mall at around 5:35pm who opened fire on them and fled with a bag of money containing Rs 15 million.
The complainant said that passers-by moved his son, friend and driver to Services Hospital but his son and driver Ramazan succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital while Tahir Butt was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. The complainant told the police that Tahir could identify the killers.