Lahore: Fight over hotel takes brother’s life
LAHORE: According to the Dawn News on Thursday, a man killed his brother – the owner of a three-star hotel on Davies Road – over a dispute pertaining to ownership of the hotel, at their Gulshan-i-Ravi residence on Wednesday, police and family sources said.
They said 35-year-old Gul Mumtaz sustained five bullet injuries, one in the head and four in the chest, and died on the spot.
According to preliminary investigations, Ambassador Hotel’s ownership was the bone of contention between the two siblings that led to the Wednesday’s cold-blooded murder of the younger one.
Gul Marjan was the eldest while Mumtaz was the third among the five sons of former MNA Kabir Khan from Lakki Marwat district of the now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The five brothers were residing in Gulshan-i-Ravi’s G-Block for the past several years.
Gul Marjan, also said to be the owner of the hotel, fired five bullets at Mumtaz possibly with a pistol and fled leaving the father of a girl in a pool of blood, area DSP Zahid Abbas told Dawn.
Both the brothers had quarrelled with each other several times, lately on Tuesday, over the ownership of the hotel, he said.
The incident took place at 1:30pm in the drawing room of their G-14 residence when the other three brothers were at a hospital to attend to their ailing father, family sources said adding the police were informed about the incident at 3:30pm.
The DSP said Marjan killed Mumtaz shortly after a brawl took place between them over the dispute of the hotel’s ownership again on Wednesday afternoon. He said they had also scuffled on the hotel premises on Tuesday when the former forbade the later from coming to the hotel on Wednesday. Resultantly, their relations got strained and they started nursing grudge against each other.
He said the other three brothers – Gul Fayyaz, Gul Faraz and Gul Sarfraz – were running their separate businesses while Marjan and Mumtaz were running the hotel.
DSP Abbas said the elders of the family tried to settle the matter between the two brothers, but to no avail. On the request of other family members, he said, Kabir came to Lahore some days back to resolve the dispute between his sons.
On Wednesday morning, Kabir was taken to a local hospital for treatment by other sons, leaving Marjan and Mumtaz at home.
The police have registered a case under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code against Marjan on the complaint of his father, with no arrest so far. The body was shifted to the morgue for autopsy.