A man, who the police said had injured a police constable a week ago, was killed in a shootout with the police on Sunday. His family protested against the police saying the ‘encounter’ was staged.
Police said the shootout occurred in Kaleem Shaheed Colony in Razaabad when SHO Malik Aslam and his team were on patrol. They said the police signalled two men on motorcycles to stop but they did not.
They said the police team chased the men when they changed their direction to run away. The men shot at the police team. The police shot back, hitting one of them. The deceased was later identified as Naseer Ahmad, son of Ghulam Shabbier, and a resident of Ghulam Muhammadabad. The body was sent to Allied Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Following the encounter, relatives of the deceased protested against the police and accused them of staging the encounter.
Jameel, a cousin of the deceased, said that the Razaabad police had arrested Ahmad four days ago on charges of attacking and injuring a police constable, Mubashar. He said the police released him go on Saturday night and later killed him.
The family demanded that the district police officer order an inquiry into the killing.
Two power loom workers killed for resisting robbers
Two power loom workers were shot dead on Sunday for resisting robbers who broke into a factory.
Jhang City police said that some men forced their way into a power loom factory in Basti Ghughaywali at around 2pm and held up the factory workers.
They said the robbers collected fabric rolls and put them in a factory vehicle and fled.
Three factory workers- Abdul Hameed, Usman and Asif- chased them. When the robbers noticed them, they shot at them.
Usman died on the spot and Hameed was injured. Some passers-by took him to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Asif remained unharmed.
On hearing the news, more than 50 factory workers then gathered on the spot where the shooting had occurred and protested against the police.
Blaming the police’s failure to control crime in the region, the protesters chanted slogans and burned tyres.
They dispersed when police arrived on the spot and assured them that the assailants would soon be arrested.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 21st, 2013.