Two cops shot dead in Manga Mandi encounter

Constables were shot when they tried to intercept suspects


Our Correspondent September 01, 2021
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LAHORE:

Two police constables were killed during an encounter with suspected robbers in Manga Mandi on Tuesday, making it the third incident in less than a month in which cops lost their lives.

On August 7, a police constable was killed in an encounter with suspected robbers in Hanjarwal. A week after the Hanjarwal encounter, another police constable was gunned down in Data Darbar.

In the recent incident, a call was made to police emergency helpline 15 that the unidentified suspects had committed a robbery near a graveyard in Manga Mandi area.

They were riding a bike.

A police team followed them as the suspects speeded up towards Canal Bridge area on Manga Raiwind Road. After some time, they changed their route and started moving towards Manga Mandi.

Constables of Muhafiz Squad, Adil Hussain and Abad Ali deputed at Talaab Srai were alerted about the suspects reaching near them. They tried to intercept the suspected criminals who opened fire on cops. Constable Abad Ali suffered a bullet injury on his chest and died on the spot whereas Constable Adil Hussain got shot in the head and was shifted to Jinnah Hospital where he succumbed to the bullet injuries.

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Abad Ali, 40, a resident of Tehsil Chuniyan district Kasur, had joined the police force as a constable in 2006 whereas Adil Hussain, a resident of Mohlanwal Multan Road joined the force in 2017.

Ali has survived by four children and a widow while Hussain is survived by his widow. Inspector General of Police Punjab Inam Ghani, CCPO Lahore Additional IG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, DIG Investigation Shariq Jamal, DIG Operations Sohail Chaudhry and a large number of police officers attended the funeral.

A contingent of police presented guard of honour to the martyred constable as well.

The bodies of martyred constables were departed for their final burial to their native town in the custody of police officers with the complete protocol.

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar paid tributes to martyred police constables who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty in Manga Mandi.

In a statement, the CM extended sympathies to their heirs adding that the Punjab government will not leave them alone. “Such brave officials are the pride of the police and I salute their bravery and courage,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2021.

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