Lahore: 5 people gunned down over old enmity
LAHORE: Five people were gunned down by their rivals over an old enmity while they were on their way for a court hearing near Bahria Town in the Manga Mandi police precincts on Thursday.
The incident spread fear amongst the residents of the Jaliyana village. However, no FIR was registered until the filing of this report. The deceased were identified as Haji Barkat, 75, two of his sons, Ahmad Ali, 35, and Muhammad Amin, 30, and two nephews, Muhammad Fayyaz, 25, and Muhammad Nawaz, 26, sons of Jan Muhammad, residents of Jaliyana village, Manga Mandi.
According to details, the victims had left their respective homes in a car at around 7am to appear before an additional district and sessions judge in an attempted murder case. As they reached gate no 2 of Bahria Town, four armed people, in a car intercepted their car and told the driver to stop the vehicle and get out from it. When the driver came out of the car, the assailants, who were equipped with sophisticated weapons, opened fire on him and the four men sitting inside the car, killing them on the spot. An eyewitness said that the assailants left the crime scene after confirming the death of the five victims.
Local police and Edhi ambulances rushed to the spot after locals informed them about the incident and shifted the bodies to the Jinnah Hospital.
The dead bodies were later removed to the city morgue for autopsy. The incident also created panic among the commuters that resulted in a traffic jam.
A police source said that Anwar, son of Sher Muhammad, who was a close relative of Haji Barkat, was killed by one Saeed, the son of Barkat over a minor dispute around two years ago. A case had been registered against Saeed and he was sent to jail.
According to the relatives of the victims, village notables settled the issue in a panchayat. However, on the day of incident, as the victims were on their way to court to record their statements, assailants attacked and killed the Barkat family to avenge the death of Anwar.
A senior police officer commenting on the issue said that they were waiting for an application from the victim’s family for the registration of an FIR. He added that after registration of the FIR, autopsies would be conducted and raids would be launched against the accused.