Lahore: Alleged bike thief killed in`encounter`
LAHORE: Kot Lakhpat police killed an alleged motorcycle thief in an `encounter` early on Friday morning and recovered two stolen motorbikes from his house.
The police claimed the killed man, later identified as Manzoor Ahmad, was wanted in criminal cases registered against him in Faisalabad district.
A constable sustained a bullet injury during the shootout and was shifted to Lahore General Hospital, where his condition was said to be stable.
Ahmad was a resident of Mamo Kanjan, Faisalabad, and presently living in a rented house in Sofia Abad of Nishtar Colony, where the encounter took place.
According to a statement released by the police on Friday, Kot Lakhpat police traced a tracker-fixed motorbike and reached Ahmad`s house in Sofia Abad. The bike was stolen from the parking lot of General Hospital.
As the police knocked at the door of his house, Ahmad allegedly opened fire and injured constable Zulfiqar Ali. On this, more policemen were called in and they encircled the house after Ahmad refused to surrender.
The DIG (operations), Model Town Division SP (operations) and other senior police officers reached the crime scene after the encounter.
The police said Ahmad was found dead inside his house after the crossfire, which lasted for an hour. The police later took into custody Ahmad`s wife and two children and found two stolen motorbikes.
A source said it was a staged encounter because early hours or late night timings were suitable for the police for such `encounters` to get rid of hardened criminals.
DIG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar announced a cash prize of Rs100,000 for the police team, which killed Ahmad.