Lahore: Cash, gold worth Rs 10 million looted
LAHORE: Dacoits on Tuesday took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 10 million in just two successful strikes, they committed in different parts of the Punjab Capital, police sources claimed on Tuesday.
Five dacoits equipped with automatic weapons barged into a house situated in Johar Town, the vicinity of Nawab Town police, and made off with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 4.5 million, police sources said. Unidentified burglars hit a jewelry shop in Icchra police area and fled away after collecting gold ornaments worth Rs 5.5 million.
In the first incident, police sources said, the robbers also badly tortured the family members of Javed Iqbal, locked them inside a room and started looting. Javed Iqbal told reporters that he came out of his residence after someone rang the door bell. “As I came out, one of the robbers pushed me inside and his accomplices also forced their entry into the house. They took out guns, held up the family members and locked all of us in one room,” he added. The robbers collected Rs 800,000 in cash, cellular phones and 80 tolas gold ornaments besides other valuables and fled away after locking the main gate from outside. The inmates made hue and cry and called in the police. The police reached the spot when the robbers had fled away from the crime scene. Police sources said that the bandits snatched away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 4.5 million in single house robbery which took place in (House No 263-A) Johar Town. The police have registered the case and are investigating with no arrest made so far.
According to the victim family, the desperate gangsters held up children at gunpoint and demanded the family members to hand them over all their belongings, threatening them of dire consequences. They also said that the robbers also thrashed the female family members when the men tried to offer resistance during armed robbery.
In another incident, burglars broke into a leading jewelry shop situated at a stone throwing distance from the Icchra police station and fled away after collecting gold ornaments worth Rs 5.5 million, police sources said.
Muhammad Saeed, the shop owner, told reporters that unidentified robbers stormed into the “Sahara jewelers” located in Latif Plaza and escaped after collecting one-kilogram gold ornaments. He said that the bandits managed to sneak into the shop by cutting the duct and removing exhaust fan. The shop owner was shocked after he witnessed all his belongings were missing.
Meanwhile, a motorcyclist Muhammad Akram was on his way home when two robbers intercepted him in Sanda police area. The robbers held him up at gunpoint and snatched away his motorcycle, mobile phone and purse, containing Rs 4,300.
In another incident, unidentified thieves took away a car (LZS-6541) of Aleem Baig advocate from outside his residence in National Town in the limits of Sanda police area on early Tuesday.