Sargodha: 1 killed in shootout, 2 drug peddlers arrested
SARGODHA: The police have foiled a bid to smuggle huge quantity of narcotics from Peshawar to Lahore after a shootout which left a drug–peddler dead while two others including a woman were arrested. At Bhabhra Chowk, the police also seized 510 kilogrammes of charas and 20 kg heroin. The Mela police were tipped off that some drug traffickers were transporting huge quantity of narcotics on a vehicle bearing official number of Islamabad (ICT–QJ–517) coming from Kotmomin Motorway Interchange. A police party headed by SHO Rab Nawaz promptly established a picket at the Chowk and signalled a suspicious van to stop but instead the vehicle riders opened fire on the police party and attempted to escape.
The police also retaliated. After firing stopped from suspects, the officials arrested three accused identified as Jumma Saeed Khan of Noor KhailBala District Upper Dir, Shakeela of Garhi Qamar Din Peshawar and Inayatullah Pathan of Char Sadda who was injured by the bullet of his companions and succumbed to the wounds on way to a hospital. The police seized two pistols and dozens of bullets besides impounding the vehicle. During search, the police found the narcotics worth millions of rupees. During preliminary interrogation, the accused confessed that they were drug traffickers and were transporting narcotics from Peshawar to Lahore. Senior Superintendent of Police Dr Muhammad Rizwan in a press conference held at SSP Office awarded cash prizes and commendation certificates to the police officials and appreciation letter to SDPO Kotmomin DSP Rana Ghulam Murtaza. Furthermore, the SSP declared constable Touqir Abbas of police station Atta Shaheed a hero of Sargodha. He foiled a robbery bid and killed a suspected robber in an encounter at 116/SB Pull on October 8.