Lahore: 8 dead, 15 injured during robberies in 2009
LAHORE: In 2009, robbers have, until Thursday, killed eight people and injured 15, including police officers, women and children for showing resistance. The first incident of murder took place in Muslim Town on January 10, when armed robbers killed a man, Hassan Ali, and his son, Ali Raza, for resisting them during the robbery. In the second incident, robbers hit 65-year-old Sadiq with iron rods resulting in his death for showing resistance on January 12. Sadiq was killed as a result of the attack. On January 14, armed robbers held up a Tikka shop owner, Amir, and his employee, Zaheer, in Johar Town. When the robbers only recovered Rs 1,000 in cash and two mobile phones from the victims, they killed Zaheer. On the same day, two robber killed Ramzan, who was sitting in his school van in front of a school in Shalimar.
The school security guard shot at the robbers, injuring one, while the other managed to escape. Locals captured the robber and handed him over to the Shalimar Police. The accused was killed in an alleged encounter 14 hours after the incident. In another incident in the early morning, a senior auditor, who served at the Military Accounts Office was killed by a robber for resisting. Meanwhile, the owner of a local store was killed for showing resistance during an armed robbery in Shafiqabad.
Figures: When contacted, the capital city police officer claimed that the figures reported in the newspapers did not match their own. However, he said they were working very hard and would soon trace the murderers. When asked about the encounter between the Shalimar Police and an accused, he said the encounter was real, adding that the police officers had a right to defend themselves.