Suspect wanted in 70 cases killed in ‘arranged’ shootout


LAHORE: A suspect wanted in over 70 criminal cases was killed allegedly in a shootout with police in the Kahna area on Wednesday.

A police official said that on a tip-off, a Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) team was on its way to arrest some suspects when it signalled two suspected motorcyclists to stop near Warraich village. He said that the bikers shot at the police party instead and fled. However, the police chased them and one of them received bullet injuries in the ensuing shootout while the other managed to flee after abandoning the bike. The police seized the bike, cash, and a pistol from the scene. 

The injured suspect later identified as 25-year-old Kashif, alias Kashi, was taken to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

According to the police, Kashif, a resident of Kamboh Street, People’s Colony, Ferozewala, was wanted in 70 cases of heinous crimes. He was also wanted in the murder of a cashier named Kashif Shamshad for resisting a robbery in Iqbal Town in 2013. 

However, sources said that the police had arrested Kashif along with his uncle a few weeks ago. They said that police recovered booty worth millions of rupees from them and sent his uncle to the prison.

Sources said that robbers are on the rampage in the city and the police try to “balance their position by arranging such shootouts.”

Kashif’s family members later staged a protest demonstration in front of the CIA police office. They claimed that Kashif had informed them over the phone that the police would kill him soon. Some officials told the protesters that Kashif had fled the custody by breaking the window of washroom and that the police had also registered a separate case against him for fleeing the custody.

Stabbed: Unidentified people stabbed a 60-year-old man to death at his residence in Kahna police limits.

According to the police, Shamsuddin had been living alone in a rented house in Gulshan Azeem Colony for the past 15 or 16 years while other members of his family were living in the Chungi Amarsidhu area. 

A policeman said that according to initial investigation, the victim was a fake pir (faith healer) and was involved in looting innocent people through selling amulets. 

Some locals visited his house on Wednesday and saw his body lying in a pool of blood after which they informed the police. The police sent the body to the morgue for autopsy. However, no case has been registered so far.

Body found: The putrefied body of an unidentified man was found in the Ravi River in Sanda police limits.

The police said that some passers-by spotted the body floating in the river and informed the police. The police fished out the body and sent it to the morgue for autopsy and identification.

Burnt: Seven vehicles worth millions of rupees were burnt when a fire broke out mysteriously at a private parking stand under Jinnah Flyover in the Cavalry Ground area in Gulberg.

An official of Rescue-1122 said that according to witnesses, a car initially caught fire that immediately engulfed four buses, a van, and another car parked there. On being informed, fire-fighters reached the spot and controlled the blaze. No casualty was, however, reported. The police have started investigations.

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