Two cops shot dead at picket in Lahore
LAHORE: Three robbers allegedly shot dead two police constables at a picket in Lower Mall area on Sunday, the police said. The deceased constables, Abdul Razaq and Sajjad Ahmad, posted at Lower Mall police station, were assigned patrolling duty, along with ASI Niaz Ahmad and constable Amanullah, following a surge in street crime in the area.
City Division SP (Operations) Shahzad Asif told Dawn the killers were hardened criminals and an extensive search had been launched in the area for their arrest.
He said the deceased policemen stopped a suspected motorcyclist early on Sunday at a picket on Rasheed Road near the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) for identification.
Meanwhile, the SP said, two men riding another motorcycle reached the picket and suddenly opened indiscriminate fire, seriously injuring the both policemen. The SP said two other policemen who were patrolling in the nearby streets rushed to the picket on hearing the gunshots, but the assailants had fled the scene before their arrival.
The injured were immediately shifted to the Mayo Hospital where they succumbed to their wounds during treatment. Mr Asif, however, dispelled the impression that it was a target killing incident.
He said an alert call had been given to the police to intensify patrolling in the area in view of a sudden increase in street crime. He admitted the criminals were targeting innocent people almost daily in the area.
He said a case had been registered against the three unidentified offenders under section 7 ATA and 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code. No arrest has so far been made.
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