Lahore: ASI, 4 dacoits killed in encounter
LAHORE: An ASI of Anti–vehicles Lifting Staff, Sadar division, was killed while four dacoits were shot dead in an encounter at Raja Farmhouse near Saggian Bridge on Thursday morning. The encounter took place at the farmhouse, owned by UC-85 Nazim Malik Azam, at around 9:15am when the alleged dacoits opened indiscriminate fire on a police party. Anti–Vehicles Lifting Staff of Sadar division received information that five dacoits snatched a car, No LEE-8418, from Jahangir near Nishaatabad, Faisalabad, on early Thursday.A tracker was installed in the car and the tracker company informed the police that it was at the farmhouse of Malik Azam near Saggian Chowk.
Investigation DIG Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera directed Investigation SSP Zulfiqar Hameed to take action. A special team under the supervision of CRO SP Jahanzeb Nazir Khan went to arrest the criminals. The police team raided the said place and the dacoits stared firing. The police retaliated and the encounter stared which continued for more than one and half an hour in which ASA Muhammad Akram sustained bullet injuries and he died on way to hospital. Four dacoits were also killed. They were identified as Muhammad Iqbal, Master Ejaz, Zulfiqar Ali and Mohsin Nawaz while their accomplice Malik Azam managed to escape from the spot along with sophisticated weapons.
The police seized three Kalashnikovs, one 7mm rifle and a gun from the crime scene. The dacoits were proclaimed offenders and they were wanted by the police in a number of kidnap for ransom, murders and dacoity cases.
Capital City Police Officer Pervaiz Rathore has announced cash prizes and commendatory certificates for the police team.