LAHORE: A man was shot dead while another was injured in an incident of firing at Jain Mandar Chowk on Saturday.
The victims were returning after attending a court hearing. The deceased was identified as Jamshed alias Jagoo and the injured as Asghar, both of them were residents of Farooq Ganj in Missri Shah.
Reportedly, the deceased was nominated in a murder case. Both the men were returning after appearing before court when two motorcyclists ambushed them and opened fire.
Jamshed died on the spot while Asghar sustained bullet wounds. Police arrived at the scene of the crime and shifted Asghar to a locak hospital for treatment while Jamshed’s body was sent for an autopsy. Police also collected forensic evidence from the crime scene and recorded the statements of eyewitnesses.
This is not the first incident in which victims were attacked after attending court hearings. In February this year, a man was shot dead, reportedly for honour, at the gate of sessions’ court by unidentified suspects. The victim was identified as Bilal Azeem 30.
Last year, a teenager had shot dead a man in the sessions court parking lot over an old enmity.
In May 2018, an accused had shot dead a murder suspect at the district court. In February 2018, a lawyer had shot dead two advocates in the sessions court over a property dispute. In January last year, a man had shot dead a constable and a murder suspect over an enmity. In June, 2012, two prisoners were shot dead inside judicial prisons. In May 2011, two brothers, accused of murder, were killed inside the eyewitness dock in a court. Some years earlier, a woman was killed for ‘honour’ outside the Lahore high court by family members.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2019.