LAHORE - Police investigators have failed to arrest a gunman who pumped five bullets into the leg of his neighour in Shera Kot and fled on a motorcycle the other day.

The victim identified as Muhammad Tayyab, a resident of Irfan Park, has been battling for life at a local hospital for the last four days. He was on his way home when the accused named by police as Muhammad Iqbal along with his accomplices stopped Tayyab at gunpoint. The gunmen pumped five bullets into both the legs of the victim on a busy road and managed to escape without facing any resistance.

The Shera Kot police later registered an attempted murder case (FIR No 580/18) under section 324/34 of the PPC on the complaint of Muhammad Tariq, father of the victim, and launched the investigation. However, the accused has not been arrested by police so far.

Police sources say the victim and the attacker are next-door neighbours and they had developed a dispute over monetary issue.

The family members of the victim say the accused along with his unknown accomplices was seen roaming in the street on Wednesday night. The victim family contacted the local police to seek their help. A police team reached the spot an hour later but refused to take any action against the gunmen stating that the main accused is a “dangerous man.”

A close relative of the victim family on Thursday told The Nation that they were being threatened by gunmen frequently and therefore, they could not sleep in the night.

The victim family has appealed to Punjab Police Inspector General Syed Kaleem Imam, Lahore CCPO, and DIG (Investigation) to provide them protection and justice. They also appealed to the IGP to order the police to arrest and bring the culprit to justice.