2 suspected robbers killed in Jhang police encounter

Four police parties participated in the operation, which also injured two members of the robbers’ gang.


Shamsul Islam February 19, 2012

FAISALABAD: Two men were shot dead while two others sustained injuries in an armed encounter with Jhang police near Khoi Adda on Gojra Road on Sunday.

Four passersby and two police personnel were also injured in the shootout.

A gang of six men arrived at mobile shop in Bhowana in Chiniot district at 10am, looted the shop and beat up several people who were at the shop.

They then fled towards Jhang in a white Toyota Car. A message was transmitted through the wireless to surrounding posts and mobile squads. The men dacoits were intercepted near Khawia in Jhang district by patrolling police but they succeeded in dodging the police and continued towards Jhang.

The Bhawan police and patrolling contingent chased the men and intercepted them near Chiniot Mor on the outskirts of Jhang. They again managed to hoodwink the police party and diverted towards Gojra Road.

A police party from Jhang Sadar and Satellite Town police stations also joined the hunt. There was a brief exchange of fire between the men and police personnel near Basti Odanwala on Gojra Road.

Eventually, the men were surrounded by police near Khowai Adda as a contingent of Mochi Wala police station also reached to reinforce police parties in the search.

They also resorted to indiscriminate fire which was reiterated by police and the encounter continued for over two hours.

Two men, later identified as brothers Tanveer and Zaheer who hailed from village Bhattian, Nankana district, were killed and four passersby namely Saqlain, Lal, Anwar and Younus were injured.

The men then retreated towards the nearby Chak Gawansanwala, continuing to fire at the police which also retaliated. Two more members of the gang, named Akhtar and Habib from Badami Bagh, Lahore, were injured. Two policemen, Mustafa and Mujahid, were also injured in the encounter.

Eventually, two gang members including leader Kashif Bhatti of Nankana Sahib successfully fled from the scene of the encounter while two injured were apprehended by police and shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Jhang. Their conditions were said to be out of danger. The four passersby and two policemen are also out of danger.

The police recovered one rocket launcher, six unused rocket launchers, one Kalashnikov, 21 grenades and a pistol and bullets from the men.

The ring leader, Kashif Bhatti, is said to have kidnapped the family of Faisalabad police inspector Rana Mazhar and released them after his family members were freed.

A police party, headed by Sadar DSP Anjum Kamal, Jhang City SHO Atif Qureshi and Satellite Town SHO Waris Awan, has been constituted to arrest the ring leader and his accomplices.

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