Three alleged robbers were tortured to death by a mob of angry villagers in Chak No. 517-GB, in Faisalabad district, during early hours of Wednesday.
The dacoits forced entry into the house of one Imdad Husain and held the entire family hostage. The robbers stole all the gold, jewellery and other valuables in the house. They also allegedly tortured the family after snatching rings and bangles from women.
Some female family members reportedly raised an alarm as a result of which the neighbours woke up. About 70 villagers equipped with all sorts of weapons available including, pistols, rifles, hockey sticks and iron-rods, rushed to encircle Imdad’s house.
As soon as the armed bandits emerged they threatened the villagers and demanded safe passage. However, they were swiftly overpowered by the villagers who reportedly snatched their guns.
The mob gave the bandits a severe thrashing during which the bandits cried for help and apologised but none paid any heed. Several villagers also fired at the dacoits inflicting bullet injuries and profuse bleeding.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.