LAHORE - Police killed an alleged robber during a shootout in the Kahna police limits early Thursday. The police claimed the robber, Muhammad Yasin, was involved in a robbery-cum-murder case and wanted to the police in several other cases of robberies.

According to the police, a police team raided in Kahna locality. As the cops signaled two motorcyclists to stop, they opened fire on the police, triggering an armed encounter. As a result, one of the robbers was killed on the spot while his accomplice managed to escape from the crime scene. The body was removed to the morgue for autopsy.

The sources revealed the police staged the encounter near Cheetwan Haviley in the Kahna and gunned down the robber, who has already been in the police custody.

A police official, on the condition of anonymity, told the robber had killed a man on offering resistance during an armed robbery a few days ago. The police arrested Yasin and kept him in a private torture cell. The police sources say the Punjab police are killing criminals by staging fake encounters as part of its ‘Aggressive Policing’ campaign, already underway across the province.

In Lahore, at least 11 alleged gangsters have been killed in such ‘shootouts’ since Saturday. Interestingly, the policemen in all such shootouts remained unhurt despite the heavy crossfire.

The Lahore police also gunned down five offenders in the Kahna police area on Monday. The police record reveals at least 126 criminals have been killed in such shootouts that took place in different parts of the Punjab during first six months of 2013.