Vigilante mob kills two

Published: August 16, 2010
Crowd traps and kills alleged decoits trying to escape after murdering family

Crowd traps and kills alleged decoits trying to escape after murdering family

SIALKOT: An infuriated mob beat two alleged criminals to death as they were trying to escape the scene of a crime.

The two men allegedly killed two and injured four during a robbery early Sunday morning on main Daska Road near Doburji Malhiyaan.

Police officials said that villagers chased the robbers as they tried to flee the scene of the crime.

District police officer (DPO) Waqar Ahmad Chohan said that the mob cornered the robbers outside the street and began pelting them with stones. “A large crowd started throwing stones and bricks at the men as they tried to escape. Both men were killed in the attack,” he said.

Chohan said that the crowd attacked the men with stones, bricks, iron rods, hockey sticks and wooden sticks.

Later in the day, locals placed the dead bodies of the accused dacoits on the main Sialkot-Daska Road and staged an anti-police demonstration. “The Sialkot Saddar police have failed to protect the lives of the people and they haven’t arrested the scores of criminals in the area,” said resident Liaqat, adding that the people had decided to take the law into their own hands.

Locals demanded immediate legal action against Sialkot police officials for failing to control the rising crime rate in the region.

The incident took place in Hajipura police precincts during sehri hours, when four masked men were looting a family of six on Butter Road. When the family, including Zeeshan Qadir, his wife and four children tried to resist the robbers, they opened fire on the family.

The robbers killed 19-year-old Bilal on the spot and Zeeshan died in the hospital two hours later.

According to Rescue 1122 officials, several people heard the gun shots in the street. “We all gathered to ask where the sounds were coming from when we saw the men trying to escape,” said Shahnawaz, a neighbor, adding that the crowd managed to stop two of the men.

“We found out they had killed our friends and we knew that the police would let them off so we killed them,” he said. The mob also hanged the bodies of the robbers as people came and pelted rocks at them in a public square.

“The protestors wanted to burn the dead bodies but we stopped them and dispersed the crowd,” said Sialkot district coordination officer (DCO) Mujahid Sher Dil. DPO Waqar Ahmad Chohan, district emergency officer Sialkot Syed Kamal Abid and senior district administration officials reached the spot and negotiated with the outraged people to recover the bodies of the alleged robbers.

DPO Chohan assured the crowd that stern legal action would be taken against police officials neglecting their duties. Four hours after being assured by police officials and the DCO, the crowd handed over the bodies to the police

The bodies of the alleged dacoits and their victims were sent to Allama Iqbal Memorial DHQ Hospital Sialkot for autopsy. The hospital administration has said that the four people seriously injured by the dacoits are presently in critical condition.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (42)

  • Hassan
    Aug 16, 2010 - 9:40PM

    **I can’t blame the villagers.**Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Aug 18, 2010 - 3:56PM

    ok … What if these 2 guys were not guilty and were framed in ? Just think about it …

    It has been informed that it was a personal fight which resulted in these people getting framed. Allah knows better … :(Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 18, 2010 - 10:02PM

    **> District police officer (DPO) Waqar

    Ahmad Chohan said that the mob
    cornered the robbers outside the
    street and began pelting them with

    *> Shahnawaz, a neighbor, adding that the
    crowd managed to stop two of the men

    According to this report they were criminals and had just committed a crime, In that case i can’t blame the villagers, If obviously they were totally innocent young men caught up in a feud and have been killed innocently in that case nobody deserves that.Recommend

  • alan
    Aug 20, 2010 - 12:07AM

    Its funny to see that Pakistani people are ready to kill minor criminals but they wouldnt harm their corrupt and murderer politicians. I reckon it could be lack of education or maybe they are scared of politicians.Recommend

  • Sherjeel
    Aug 20, 2010 - 4:00AM

    Minor criminals?? they had killed two while robbing them and the villagers were infuriated at the time. You would know if you can imagine yourself at their place. And what do you know about our politicians being ‘murderers’, you doing research on them?Recommend

  • abubaker
    Aug 20, 2010 - 5:31AM

    shame on sialkot people .its a criminol activity
    i requested to cj ,eleminate the concerned police(kali wardi main dako) officers and otherRecommend

    Aug 20, 2010 - 12:39PM

    What every, such type of brutality is not good for the society in general and country in particular. I some how supported the idea that the people must also show such type of response towards criminals. All those people who are beating these two guys must have shown the courage to beat the corrupt politicians, bureaucrat, bank defaulter and the powerful criminal also.
    But just imagine if these boys were not robbers then what should be done with those who have beaten the boys. In my opinion they the issue must be thoroughly investigated by a judge of supreme courts and if the murdered boys were decelerated innocents they the people and policemen who are involved in the incident must be burnt alive in front of TV camerasRecommend

  • Imran
    Aug 20, 2010 - 12:40PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied.Hence the corrupt and inefficient authorities of the country must be made accountable and brought to book first than the mob who took the law into their own hands.This is going to be the scene in every corner of the country in the days ahead.On the brink of bloody revolution.Recommend

  • Shoaib
    Aug 20, 2010 - 2:34PM

    This is a Barbaric and in human act. Tehy were not stoned but beaten to death by sticks and Police were standing there watching. Niether Islam or any man made law allows that. What is wrong with us. Then we say that why are all these disasters are coming upon muslims and expect Allahs blessings. Friends even stoning of an adulterer in ISLAM requires witnesses and a trial. Did any one watch the whole video on geo about their parents and interviews of all the neighbours. One of them was a HAFIZ e Quran. Please condemn this act on all levels so we can be called civilized as well like the rest of the world. When Police of a country stands there and watch people killed then who is there to protect. All those police officers should be charged as well with Murder and Punished.Recommend

  • afzal
    Aug 20, 2010 - 4:16PM

    now i don’t want to say anything expect of this that i pick a weapon like a bomb and throw it to those who are involved in this game, today i come to know that why socuiders come in to being.

    why they kill them hmn? have they any answer?

    everyone become a killer if it is not control. Recommend

  • Syed Hassan
    Aug 20, 2010 - 7:15PM

    I agree with Muhammad Hassan. If they were real dacoits and had killed other people then this is a lesson for being selfish in general and in particluar at a time when the rest of the country is drowining.

    ALTERNATIVELY, if this was a setup then my heart really cries for the two brothers and their families .The guys using the batton should should and should then be given the same treatement and burnt alive!!!!!

    Or maybe I have an even better solution. Do this to the people in power Zardari and Baber awan for example because of whom
    1: there is so much frustration in the people.
    2: dacoits are operating at large

    all they are concerned with is their pockets!!Recommend

  • Irfan Aslam
    Aug 20, 2010 - 7:38PM

    Whatever was the incident,Police should have been played their role and responsibility which was not fulfilled unfortunately.They Should ve taken the accused into custody to conduct fair investigations..If people will stage their own Courts,there ll be lawlessness everywhere which is deadfull for society….the people who did this all,did they forget the sanctity of RAMZAN UL MUBARIK ? as it gives the lesson of patience and humbleness..Recommend

  • Momin Bin Shahid
    Aug 20, 2010 - 8:24PM

    In Islam a punishment of robbery is the cutting of robber’s hand or if they kill anybody so their should be a proper reseach then punishment but what is this were the punishers not muslims they do not know their religion.I just wanted to coat that if they were not guilty so why they give them a sort of punishment.Who know’s this punishment is not that so it is a personal problemor its is a murder……….?????Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 20, 2010 - 8:49PM

    Shame on people of sailkot and police who killed the two innocent students Hafiz brothers. Have you guys seen their picutres, would they look like crimnals. They were Hafiz e Quran and younger brother was only 15 years of age. Ab sirf Allah Talah he en Zalimoun and jahiloun say hisab ley gaa. inshallah………..Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 20, 2010 - 9:00PM

    What do you expect from illiterate villagers? It was the duty of the state to give them education so they could atleast learn to behave in a civilized way. As big as Sialkot is, there is not a single university in Sialkot, a city with thousands of factories!
    Police department is there to give safe haven to the criminals, and to assasinate the enemies of the elite. I feel ashamed to be a Sialkoti !Recommend

  • Syed Hassan
    Aug 20, 2010 - 10:52PM

    Sorry After having seen the video I correct my self. These guys did not look like robbers. Recommend

  • Aug 20, 2010 - 11:07PM

    wht v can comment on this:( i heard that these two were innocent and one of them was hafiz quran and it was a result of old personal fight no body having brain could believe on this that they killed 2 people and injured 4 and after that they waited there for police and villagers as this was the sehri time and we know at that time there are very few people on roads then how a mob of few people caught them while they also had weapons and what that family was doing at sehri time on road ? i think they were victimised and no law including ALLAH’s law(islam) or any other man maked law allow us to do so……….finaly i would say ALLAH knows better and people doing so in ramzan or not muslims they were cursing and abusing and in islam abusing is not allowed in normal days and they were doing so in ramzanRecommend

  • Burhan
    Aug 20, 2010 - 11:11PM

    O Allah mercy on Us and O Allah mercy on Us !!!!!

    We are too far from the Golden path

    O Allah mercy on us …………..Recommend

  • Aug 20, 2010 - 11:53PM

    Frustrated society is moving fast towards chaotic anarchy. The nation is in need of a leader like Muhammad Ali Jinnah.Recommend

  • Ahmed Syed
    Aug 21, 2010 - 12:06AM

    It turns out that the two were innocent cricket players and were cornered by villagers upon shouts of burglars. The real reason for the beating to pulp, mutilation, gouging of eyes and execution wS that they continued to play cricket in the wrong area where the local badmash (gangs) had not liked the look of them. The couple of days old robbery was blamed on them and friends of those killed in robbery took revenge.
    The nation is mental barbaric and seems to have no concept of care or empathy.

    The two were students of around GCSE and thief mother is heartbroken. Those who watched , pelted and video recorded are all guilty. Recommend

    Aug 21, 2010 - 12:11AM

    We all sould come out and demand for justice….. otherwise may b next will be us ….. becuse criminals were always safe ,,,, bt innocents were victem….. i want u guys to come Out n show we r stil Alive not dead.Recommend

  • mrsahmed
    Aug 21, 2010 - 12:24AM

    its now confirmed that both brothers were innocent and it was case of enmity over dispute of cricket match ,wat i want to say i never come to net on commenting but this case make me expresse my feelings ,this all unbelieveable during month of ramadhan among large crowd all that happened 1st time in my life i make wish to leave pak as this country now becoming scaring these ppl are more cruel than suicide bombers .Recommend

  • sarfraz ahmed
    Aug 21, 2010 - 1:05AM

    this is shameful for us and our government,if they were criminals,they shud inspected under law,but if they are not,,,,just imagine what iz done with them…..does every crimnal in pakistan iz treated like that!this is the point to thinkRecommend

  • f
    Aug 21, 2010 - 2:29AM
  • Farrukh Atiq
    Aug 21, 2010 - 2:42AM

    This is such an act of brutality which shows that we are a nation with dead hearts. What on earth gives anyone right to do this. Even if they were criminals and even murderer , such attitude is still not bearable. now the Govt has a video proof and they should take the most strict action against the defaulters, that include the defaulters from police as well.Recommend

  • Shokat
    Aug 21, 2010 - 3:29AM

    What a complete waste of a blessed gift from Allah : Life
    The perpetrators of such atrocity should be brought to justice, if the killing was to replicate the sharia law then its imperative for that law to exist as enforceable in society we live in but that is not the case in Pakistan.

    Irrespective of the fact whether they were innocecnt or guilty, the policing of our country should be condemned which allowed this inhumane act to superceed the judical law.

    May Allaha guide us all and especially our self elect leader..AmeenRecommend

  • Ali Haider
    Aug 21, 2010 - 10:57AM

    wat da hell is goin on ??
    r they guilty ?
    robbers ?
    watttt ??

    they were humans :(
    muslims !! Recommend

  • ali
    Aug 21, 2010 - 5:18PM

    I think this is what we are learning from saudi arabia to have punishment in open places.we need to open our minds and vision .I feel shame to be pakistani and muslim. shame to people of Sialkot who know how to prey but not how to respect humanity.Recommend

  • mohammed khan
    Aug 21, 2010 - 7:15PM

    In my cosidered opinion this act was very barbaric,inhuman,and very disturbing,,I was shocked to see all this happened in presence of police and other elder peoples ,,all those who took a part in any way deserve the death Recommend

  • neelam Butt
    Aug 21, 2010 - 8:14PM

    what is goin on in the world today?? poor education and frustration is not a enough of a reason to beat two boys to death! Islam does not teach violence and any NORMAL human being with an ounce of compassion , self respect and morality would have stepped in to stop this hideous crime from taking place! Its a sad, sad day for pakistanis all around the world and never in my life would i have ever said and believed, that i am truly ashamed to be associated with pakistan or to be a pakistani. May allah, forgive and save those people who took part in this crime from the punishment of the grave and forgive the two boys for their sins and grant them a place in janna. ameen. Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2010 - 11:35PM

    the boys were innocent, the mob guilty and its the ‘mob’ who should really be lynchedRecommend

  • Umair
    Aug 22, 2010 - 1:35AM

    I have NO words to say what i as “Pakistani” feels after watching this Brutality to its extreme, sorrowly conducted in Holy Month of Ramadan and during the fasting hours… This to me is EXTREME of everything…. i can not write ALL my sentiments, anger and sorrows over this act… in short, i agree, our very rights for existance has expired!!! i see not only the men beating these two brothers but in one video i saw a 5 or 6 years old kid hiting one of the dead bodies too… this is my DUA, that everyone of the people who just watched HUMANITY geting killed on the streets, be their own deaths be the same or even worst! AMEEN… this is an OPEN invitation of AZAAB… and i tell you its COMING… i am a father too… and i just cant believe what their parents may be going through… certainly SHAME to watch… Not only our nation has LOST our religious believes, teachings of our Prophet MOHAMED pbuh, but also lost HUMANITY, making our society open for similar events…. MAY ALLAH protect us from these EVEILS… MAY ALLAH punish them to limits… here and in the world after…and i hope ALL the world see them in greif…. i am still trying to find, WHY did they beat them to death? what did they do soo bad? robery? murder? what? if so then DO THIS with REAL criminals? who walk freely, and driving on the roads in their luxury cars… Do this with ZARDARI who did a national robery, do this with MUSHARAF who let hundreds walk away with national tresures… the list is a lot bigger… but who would dare to touch them if they walk on the streets? instead people will bow on them and ask for MONEY!

    If this is Pakistan… then i am not a Pakistani any more…!Recommend

  • imran
    Aug 22, 2010 - 10:28PM

    As a British Citizen of Pakistani descent, I was absolutely shaken to the core of my soul by the MOST BARBARIC attack I have ever witnessed upon two innocent brothers – I have never been this shaken with disgust and anger with the animals who were the perpetrators behind this despicable mob violence. I hope and pray that Sadar Zardari immediatley captures all those involved including the police who were just as calpable and punish them in the same way as these poor innocent boys…I am a FATHER too and am sickened by this sick grotesque act and pray to Almighty Allah that those who took place in this MURDER, be given the SAME punishment and are killed and beaten to death in exactly the same manner.Recommend

  • Aug 23, 2010 - 12:07PM

    i think all the police inspectors and rescue 1122 officers that were standing there and they were watching the brutal killing of the two innocent boys ,must hanged to death,they are actually responsible for the murder.they are having pistols,why they dont shoot the killers?so much cruelty.i hate the police department of pakistan.i hate this system.if this is pakistan.i hate this all sympathies are with the parents of the two innocent boys.may ALLAH give them peace.
    i think , all the sho,police,rescue 1122 officers that were involved in killing of the boys must be killed like the two innocent boys.shame on the police of pakistanRecommend

  • Jammy Dodger
    Aug 23, 2010 - 3:20PM

    I am sorry for the family. This is not a one-off. Who will provide them justice? I am sorry for Pakistan. The country is bankrupt, killings, rapes, innocent victims have no where to turn except dua and pray.
    May Allah guide Pakistan. Because no one else will.

    Floods, Plane Crash, Brutal Killings, target Killings, yet no one will write a report at the Police station. No long term planning. Where is the fear of God or the care for another human being.

    The price of food and clothes was increased when sellers found out its for flood victims.
    A nurse was gang raped for telling truth about incompetent staff.
    Flood victims are raped
    Their possessions are stolen
    Police and Politicians protecting each other.
    Everyone is guilty for not standing up for the weak.

    What a great country you live in!Recommend

  • Jammy Dodger
    Aug 23, 2010 - 3:32PM

    Another detail missed was that when they were hung one of the brothers was still barely alive, so the police to ensure there are no witness or he doesnt point out the truth, used used metal rods to poke their eyes out and then used shovel to disfigure thier faces so they cannot be recognised.

    Shahbaz shareef is trying his best to protect the senior polcie officer by changing the investigative officer. remember honest officers are sent to lawless areas to be killed because they are no use to politicians.

    What a great country. Still proud of it?Recommend

  • Jammy Dodger
    Aug 23, 2010 - 3:40PM

    How come 16 police officers were cought and then 4 ran away. How can you run away after being arrested. Shouldnt the police face death squad for incompitence in Letting those apprehended run (or walk) away? Recommend

  • ayesha
    Aug 23, 2010 - 7:18PM

    this is very bad , they both very very innocent boys . some days ago hafiz mugeez celebrate his birthday . and if they were thief so people have no right to killed them . because islam or ny other law of this world doesn’t allowed us to do like this . and the people of butter village are junnggle . they don’t know the manners . lannt on that people .and they both brothers were very good and innocent . next allah know better then us .

    lannat on that bludy villagersRecommend

  • Nazia
    Aug 24, 2010 - 1:49AM

    I condemn that brutal activity against two brothers who were too young and innocent. in any case either they did any crime or not that was not the way to be punished. it was really very shocking clip of extremists who continue their atrocity on young boys. we all should protest against that senseless villagers, wild murderers, and corrupt policemen until they are being punished like the same way.Recommend

  • Gulzar
    Aug 24, 2010 - 10:26AM

    This heineous crime has some background. The cause of this gruesome event is not yet known. What catalysed this gory incident. Can some one put some light on it. What were the boys doing there at Sehri time? How so much of police was there?Recommend

  • Nazia.
    Sep 5, 2010 - 11:26PM

    The trend has been set by media that how to kill others and take revenge on the spot. that’s not good. Punishment to criminals should also be disclosed.Recommend

  • Osman
    Sep 9, 2010 - 4:22AM

    This is a cowardly and sickening killing. Regardless of the background, I don’t think anyone should deserve such a death. I didn’t know people could be so cold hearted. Whether these boys were criminals or innocent, who knows. All criminal justice systems are based on the principle that all accused persons are innocent until proven to be guilty!! Where was the evidence here and who heard the case???? If we all become such barbarians then there will be mass killings of people, which could include your family member, brother, sister, mother, father or even you……………..I hope that the Pakistani government set the the correct precedent, that such brutality is intolerable and inhumane.Recommend

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