7 dacoits held after encounter in Jhelum
JHELUM: The police arrested seven dacoits after an encounter and recovered booty them in the Lillah police area on Monday night. Seven dacoits stopped a coaster coming from Lahore and boarded it. Later, they snatched Rs 20,000 from the passengers and fled with the coaster.
On the orders of DPO Jhelum Tayyab Hafeez Cheema, the Jhelum and Lillah police besieged the coaster. The dacoits opened the fire on police, which was retaliated. After an exchange of fire, the police arrested the dacoits, recovered the passengers, looted money and weapons. The dacoits were identified as Farooq, Amir, Zafar, Shahzad, Irfan, Ihsan and Khawar. The police disclosed that Zafar Iqbal, Shahzad Ashraf and Ihsan were employees of a security agency. The dacoits were involved in several robberies during the last few weeks. This is the second police encounter in a week. Citizens have appreciated the police for busting a gang involved in various robberies.