LAHORE: A brother and sister were killed in a road accident involving a tractor in Nishter Colony on Saturday.
Adnan, 20, and Ayesha, 12, were going to school on a motorcycle when a fast-moving tractor-trolley hit them near Youhanabad, police said. The victims died on the spot while the driver at fault fled the scene.
The family of the victims staged a protest by placing the bodies of the deceased on the road, blocking the traffic for several hours. They shouted slogans against police and the government on their failure to control road accidents and demanded of immediate arrest of the fleeing driver.
They ended their protest after negotiations with SP Ismail Kharak, who reached the spot and assured them of providing justice.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the accident and ordered the authorities to take action against the tractor driver.
Police claimed to have killed a robber and arresting his accomplice after an encounter on Saturday.
The suspects were returning after a robbery bid while the victims had already informed police at Rescue 15, police said.
A patrolling team was searching for the robbers when they were intercepted on Kamahan Road.
In the ensuing exchange of fire, a suspect was shot and killed on the spot while the other received injuries. He was admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Blast victim dies
Another victim of the cylinder blast on Wahdat Road passed away on Saturday in a hospital, raising the death toll of the deadly explosion to 10.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2017.