LAHORE: A police constable gunned down his newly-wed wife, and his mother-in-law in Garhi Shaho Police limits, while three other people were killed in separate incidents in various part of the city on Sunday.
A police investigator said that the accused, Altaf, contracted marriage with the victim almost two months back. After the marriage, relations between the husband and wife started deteriorating, which led to quarrels. Due to constant estranged relations, the victim had returned to her parent’s house a few weeks ago. On the day of incident Altaf, a resident of Lala Musa, who was deputed at Police Lines Qilla Gujjar Singh, went to the house of his in-laws to bring his wife back, but failed to convince her and her mother.
At this, he took out his service gun and fired on his wife and her mother, and fled. Both the women received multiple wounds and died on the spot. Police reached the spot after the incident and collected evidences from the crime scene. According to SP Civil Lines Umar Sarfraz Cheema, a special team has been constituted to capture the accused. The dead bodies were shifted to city morgue for autopsy. Further investigations are underway. In another incident, a father of three daughters committed suicide by setting himself ablaze in Mustafa Town Police Station area.
The deceased was identified as Salman Tariq of Canal View. Police said that Tariq was suffering from depression due to unemployment and other domestic issues. On the day of incident, he wrote a suicide note and left the house early in the morning. His family discovered the suicide note and informed the police. Meanwhile, Tariq reached a local graveyard in Canal View, doused petrol on himself and set himself ablaze. Some passersby saw him lying in the graveyard with burns and informed the police.
Tariq was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his burns. Police handed over the body to the heirs after completing legal formalities. Also, a 17-year-old youth drowned in the Lahore canal. The deceased was identified as Hamza, a resident of Garhi Shahu. Police said that Hamza and his friends came to the canal for swimming and jumped into the water. Hamza went into deep water and failed to surface. Upon being informed, the rescuers rushed to the scene, started a rescue operation and fished out the body after hectic efforts, near Campus Bridge. Police handed over the body to his family after fulfilling the legal procedure. Separately, two persons received injuries when an air tank exploded on Bhani Road near Darogaywala, Baghbanpura police limits.
Upon being informed, the rescuers rushed to the scene, pulled out the injured persons, who were later identified as Kamran and Majid, and admitted them to a local hospital where they were said to be out of danger. Similarly, two persons received minor injuries when a cylinder exploded on a tea stall on Jail Road in Race Course police area. It was reported that as someone had lit the stove, the cylinder burst and two persons received injuries. Upon being informed, the rescuers rushed to the scene and shifted the injured persons to a nearby hospital where their condition was said to be out of danger.
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