Lahore: Rangers kill 2 ‘smugglers’
LAHORE: Two alleged smugglers were killed in a crossfire with the Rangers while as many others were taken into custody near Chungi Shaheed check-post along the Wagah Border early on Saturday. Two of their accomplices, however, managed to escape while the officials seized 150 bottles of liquor and cigarette packs from the spot. All smugglers were Pakistani. Batapur Station House Officer Khalid Mahmood told Dawn the police rushed to the spot on an emergency call about a firing incident around 2:30am. He said preliminary investigation suggested that six smugglers were entering Pakistan from the Indian side near Aichugill village when on-duty Rangers personnel challenged them. Quoting the Rangers, the SHO said the suspects opened fire and attempted to flee. But the Rangers personnel returned the fire, killing two of the suspects besides arresting two others.
The remaining two managed to flee from the spot. The SHO said the dead were identified as Aqeel Shah of Ravi Ryan, Muridke, and Muhammad Kamran of Pattoki Awan, Batapur. They were in their 20s.
He said the suspects taken into custody were identified as Ayub Ali and Tanvir while the runaway suspects were Ghaffar Ahmad and Ashraf, both of the border area.
He claimed it appeared that the suspects were returning from India with liquor at the time of the incident. The police also found cigarettes of Pakistani brand on the spot.
The SHO said Ghaffar and Ashraf, who fled the scene, were ringleaders and had already served imprisonment.
He said a case had been registered under sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, Customs Act, Control Act and the CNSA against six people.
He said the arrested accused were still in Rangers’ custody.