Old feud claims three lives in Dhoke Chiraghdin
Dhoke Chiraghdin: Fear and panic gripped Dhoke Chiraghdin where three men were killed by their rivals in broad daylight on Thursday. According to police, the attack was the result of an old feud between two groups, who belonged to the same clan but used to show their strength to keep their hold in the locality.
Police reached the scene after the firing had ended and the victims had been shifted to the hospital. According to details collected from various sources, Ashraf Jadoon and Chanzaib groups, hailing from Hazara, were engaged in property-based enmity for over three years.
Sources close to the victim family told ‘The News’ that a day before families of both groups quarrelled with each other after exchange of harsh words. Consequently, Chanzaib group decided to take revenge from his rivals, sources said, adding that he called his friends to attack his rivals.
On Thursday, Chanzaib group comprising Chanzaib, Ansar, Miskeen, Khanwaiz Khan, Dilawar, Babar and three unidentified men, equipped with firearms, attacked Ashraf Khan, 58, Ghulam Mustafa, 25, and his brother-in-law 28-year-old Habib Khan Jadoon when they were playing ‘ludo’ in front of their house near the railway track at about 12:30 p.m., eyewitnesses said. According to them, the assailants stood in a circle around the victims and sprayed them with bullets killing Ghulam Mustafa and Habib Jadoon on the spot. Ashraf Khan, after sustaining multiple bullets, started running towards ‘Tung Pully’ (narrow bridge) to save his life, but the assailants chased him and caught him once again after he had ran some 100 yards from the scene and riddled him with bullets killing him on the spot. The assailants escaped from the scene. Neighbours and family members, later, shifted the dead bodies to the District Headquarters Hospital as police reached the scene after about 35 minutes.
Sources said that Chanzaib group had already killed 10-year-old Nabeel of Ashraf Jadoon family over a minor family dispute some eight months back when they attacked him in front of his house in Dhoke Chiraghdin. In another episode, the assailant group wounded Ghulam Mustafa and his brother-in-law Shani critically one-and-a-half years back at the same place, sources said, adding that Mustafa and Shani sustained bullets on their faces, but they survived. The family sources said that at least 15 persons from both sides had so far been wounded critically as result of clashes between the two groups during the last three years.
The Civil Lines Police claimed that both groups were involved in illegal activities and 60 cases of drug dealing and bootlegging had been registered against them. None among the attackers have yet been arrested by police and they managed to escape without any resistance. Police, however, claimed that teams have been sent to different areas to hunt them down.
Family members of the victims staged a demonstration against police, as they have not taken any concrete action against the killers. According to sources, the autopsies of the victims had not been conducted by the staff at the District Headquarters Hospital, as police had not requested for the postmortem till filing of this report.