LAHORE  - Dacoits on Tuesday struck the city’s leading jewellery market in Ichhra, shot dead a teenage passerby, and made off with gold ornaments worth Rs15 million, police sources claimed.

Another two passersby also wounded seriously during the crossfire between the dacoits and private security guards in front of the jewellery market during rush hours, police said.

Police said that 14-year-old Khiyal Muhammad died on the spot while another two passersby Badar and Muhammad Akbar were admitted to a local hospital.

Five dacoits equipped with automatic weapons forced their entry into the jewellery market at main Ferozepur Road in Ichhra police precincts. They burst into a jewellery shop, held up the owner and salesmen at gunpoint, and fled after collecting 1.5 kilogram gold.

The bandits were fleeing after committing the brazen robbery when a private security opened fire on them, triggering crossfire in the busy locality. The dacoits also resorted to heavy gunfire, creating terror and panic in the entire area. The police reached the crime scene when the dacoits had escaped.

The gold traders went on strike soon after the deadly robbery. They staged protest demonstration against the police by blocking both sides of the Ferozepur Road, creating worst traffic mess in the busy district.

Meanwhile, senior police officers reached the spot and managed to disperse the protesters after holding a series of negotiations with them. The police have registered a case against unidentified gunmen and are investigating with no arrest made yet. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and has sought report from the DIG (Operations), an official said.