People’s ‘justice’: ‘Robber, shot dead, two accomplices survive lynch mob

Police say the deceased was proclaimed offender.

Shamsul Islam July 15, 2012


A man was shot and beaten to death while two alleged accomplices in a botched robbery were beaten up on Sunday in the Batala Colony area.

Amir Gujjar, Afzal’s son, said four armed men had entered Muhammad Afzal Gujjar’s house on Street No 4 in Haseeb Shaheed Colony on Sunday morning and held up the family.

“I and my brother, Naveed, were sleeping when I was aroused by a gunshot,” said Amir, recently recruit as an ASI.

“I picked up my gun and rushed down. I saw four men holding up my father. One had put a gun to my father’s head. I shot him,” he said.

He said neighbours had already gathered outside the house so that two of the robbers were caught when they stepped outside, Amir said. However, one of the men managed to flee on a motorcycle.

They were given a thrashing by the people, Amir Gujjar said. “The man who had been shot died during the beating. The other two fainted.

The beating went on for over 40 minutes. It stopped only when police arrived.”

Police then took custody of the two men and the body of the third.

The deceased was identified as Irfan, a resident of Elahiabad.

Those arrested are Wajid Ali, a resident of Mohammadi Mohallah in Nawan Shehr in Jhang and Kashif Ahmad, a resident of Chak 200-JB.

They later identified their missing accomplice as Adnan, another resident of Elahiabad.

Batala Colony SHO Umar Draz Khan said Irfan was a proclaimed offender and was wanted for a number of robberies. “We have recovered four pistols and 64 bullets from the men,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2012.


Asad Malik | 9 years ago | Reply

@Abdullah Khan: Yes they do but an inquiry should still be done to make sure all the facts are straight. I'm wary of such mob lynching after what happened in Sialkot. But if the events played out as it says above then I agree.

MBN | 9 years ago | Reply

Agreed with the self defense. But people should be told to detain robbers instead of beating them into pulp. This is a breakdown of the justice system. There is such a concept as citizens arrest. What happened inside the house i.e. the robber being shot was fine. The beatings outside were excessive force. Overall a crime was stopped, so that's a good thing.

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