At least three people were killed in separate incidents that allegedly occurred due to old enmities on Saturday.
Police took the bodies into custody and handed them over to the heirs after postmortem. After registering cases, the police started raids to arrest the nominated suspects.
According to the police, 40-year-old Atif Saeed was severely injured when suspects including Jawad Naseer and Badar Bhola opened fire on him to avenge a children's quarrel. He was rushed to Allied Hospital for treatment, where he breathed his last. Razaabad police handed over the body to the heirs after postmortem. They have also registered a case against the suspects and started searching for them.
Separately, Ali Ejaz, 32, a resident of Mian Colony, who had gone to a paan shop in Waris Pura area near Mathaiwala Chowk in Batala Colony, was allegedly shot in the leg by his opponents Faisal and others who were on motorcycles. He died due to excessive bleeding after arrival at a hospital.
According to Batala Colony SHO Sufyan Butter, the victim had shot dead Faisal's brother last year. The case was registered against Ali Ijaz, his brother Wasim alias Poli, Shakeel Ijaz and others. Despite reconciliation, the statements of witnesses were to be recorded and one of the victim's brothers was still in jail when his opponents shot and killed him.
Meanwhile, 36-year-old landowner Ghulam Hussain was busy irrigating the fields at Jhang Road Chak No. 274 when his opponents, including Usman, attacked him with sticks. He died on the spot due to a severe head injury.
Incidents of murder over old enmity are not uncommon across the province.
Earlier this week on May 11, police registered a case against 10 suspects under four sections including murder after the killing of a man and his son due to an old enmity in Khurrianwala. Police also launched raids to arrest the nominated suspects.
The bodies of the man and his son who were shot dead on Jaranwala Road were handed over to the heirs after postmortem.
On April 9, four people were killed and three others injured in an ambush on Sandral Road, Khushab, over an enmity. Raja Mohammad Yaqoob, a resident of Jhangian, Mohammad Tahir of Dhak, Mohammad Naveed of Bhalwal and Nasr Iqbal of Machhi area were killed in the attack.
Reportedly, the deceased Raja Yaqoob and seven others, including the driver of the car, were going from Jhangian to Joharabad when a group of assailants opened indiscriminate fire on them on Sandral Road.
The police report revealed that in 2016, the deceased Yaqoob’s son was killed by members of the Awan group over a dispute over a trivial matter.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2021.