Lahore: UK-returned man gunned down
LAHORE: Around seven persons gunned down a UK returned 40-year-old man following the sectarian motives at Haidery Street in Ghalib Market police area on Sunday.
Minutes after the incident, the heirs of the deceased blocked the main road and staged a massive protest demonstration. “Within a minute, the peaceful protesters turned violent and broke the windowpanes of nearby shops and cars,” a police officer said. According to him, the anger of the protesters was genuine but they should realise the position of the law enforcement agencies.
SHO Mujahid Hussain said all of the criminals had been arrested and a case had also been lodged against them. The deceased Shakeel Ahmed and his colleagues had snubbed his neighbours to avoid blocking the main street on religious grounds. “In fact, the accused belong to Shiite sect and often blocked the road by installing tents for majalis in reverence of Baba Kanay Shah,” said a neighbour.
“There are only three homes of Shiite sect whereas around 300 homes belong to Sunni sect. They often quarreled over sectarian motives,” a senior police officer said. On Sunday morning, he said two persons while riding a motorbike approach the shop of Shakeel on Guru Mangat Road and sprayed bullets on him, leaving Shakeel in pool of blood. Another person namely Shahid also suffered multiple bullet injuries. Over seven bullets pierced into body of Shakeel, leading to his instant death on the spot.
In the meantime, police raided the home of the accused and arrested five nominated persons.