LAHORE – Some unidentified armed men gunned down a man and shot at and injured two policemen during cross firing in the Hanjerwal police area in the wee hours on Saturday.

The assailants shot dead Muhammad Sufian under mysterious circumstances and sprayed indiscriminate bullets on Constables Abdul Ghafaar and Muhammad Javed. According to the details, some armed men, yet to be identified, stormed the house of Sufian when the family was out of the house.

“Our main door was opened and we were taken hostage on gunpoint by the culprits, who continued asking about a man Zaffar,” a family member told the police investigators, adding when Sufian expressed his ignorance about Zaffar and even exchanged hot words with them, one of the culprits opened fire on him.

Meanwhile, police were informed by a member of the victim family. Subsequently, a police mobile van approached the site and asked the assailants to surrender, but they continued firing, which resulted in instant death of Sufian.

The assailants, however, managed to flee from the crime scene even in the presence of law enforcement personnel after exchange of fire. “They stopped a rickshaw LEU/6782 and fled towards the Multan Road but confronted a police mobile van and again exchanged cross fire,” said a senior police officer, adding two policemen sustained multiple bullet injuries and were shifted to the hospital where their condition was said to be critical until filing of this report.

Later, police took Zaffar in their custody and they are interrogating about his enmity with anyone in the area. “Nothing has been established at this stage, but we have registered an FIR against unnamed killers,” he added. The body was removed to the City morgue for autopsy. Further investigation is underway. 

Also, a 40-year-old unidentified passer-by was knocked down by a speeding car in the Ravi Road police area on Saturday. As per details, a car hit an unnamed man near Bhatti Chowk and fled, leaving the man in a pool of blood.

The injured was shifted to the Mayo Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and his body was removed to the City morgue for autopsy. A case has been registered against the unknown car driver with no arrest made until filing of this report.

Meanwhile, PML-N (Labour Wing) worker Shahzad Anwar was booked by Ghalib Market police on fraud charges after a local contractor Naseer submitted an application for legal action against him. Naseer alleged that the accused had fraudulently taken Rs2 million from him.