Police head constable Jannat Gul, a resident of Malogi village on the outskirts of the city, was shot dead in the Ishrat Cinema Chowk area near Gulbahar Friday afternoon.
Gul, along with another constable Shafqat, had been deployed in Gulbahar on a special assignment of curbing street crime in the area. “There has been a steady increase in robberies in the area. The two patrolled the area in plain clothes in order to not attract attention,” said an official of the local police station.
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Gul was riding a motorbike when two men opened fire on him. “The attackers were armed with a 9mm pistol and one of the two appeared to be a 14-year-old,” he added.
The head constable was taken to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. His funeral prayers were offered in Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines in the evening. Numerous high-ranking police officials were in attendance.
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The body was later sent to his ancestral village for burial. After the shooting, the police initiated a search operation in the area and arrested several suspects. Further investigation is under way.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2015.