Violence erupts in Pak Colony `Bandit` among three killed
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The half-an-hour episode followed by a violent protest by traders against law-enforcers caused fear and panic in the locality. Amid frequent firing, a police van and two rickshaws were set on fire as the protesters went on the rampage. “Four to five bandits on two motorbikes struck a marble shop near Bismillah Hotel bus stop,” said Pak Colony SHO Inspector Saleem Sherwarni. They also snatched cash and cellphones from the people around and fired some shots in the air apparently to harass them, he said. “But one of the bullets hit a passerby, later identified as 40-year-old Mohammad Akhtar, who died on the spot.” The firing caused panic in the area and alarmed policemen patrolling the area who demanded immediate reinforcement, he said. Before the arrival of a police contingent, the bandits attacked another shop near Shahnawaz Chowk in the area and killed its owner, Mohsin Abbas, in his mid 20s, on resistance, the police officials said. Traffic bandits “As the policemen took positions, the bandits emerged from the shop and opened fire that left our constable Mohammad Nawaz wounded. The police retaliated and killed one of the bandits but his accomplices managed to escape under heavy firing,” said Inspector Sherwani.