RAWALPINDI - An old enmity, on Saturday, took the life of four people including three under-trial prisoners while another injured when their rival group allegedly in connivance with a police constable opened indiscriminate firing on them in the premises of Rawalpindi District Courts. Among the four deceased, two persons were real brothers while third one was their nephew; all three were facing a court trial for allegedly murdering three people of the same rival group in the year 2009 at Dhoke Elahi Buksh in the area of Waris Khan Police Station. The fourth deceased was identified as Muhammad Iqbal, who was a litigant, earlier seriously injured while coming in the firing range and later succumbed to the injuries at the District Headquarters Hospital, a rescue 1122 official said. A passer-by also injured in the firing incident, identified as Abdul Waheed who is also being treated at the DHQ. His condition is being described as stable. The old rivalry has caused the 8 killings of the people belonging to both the groups, a police official said. The preliminary investigations indicate that the assailants came in the premises of the district court empty handed and a police constable provided them sophisticated weapons, the police sources said and the fact was confirmed by Malik Jawad Khalid, President Rawalpindi District Bar Association. However, Raja Fiaz, Staff Officer of City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi, Azhar Hameed Khokhar denied the claim saying that the police inquiry was under way, it would be pre-mature to say any thing a this stage and findings of the inquiry would fix the responsibility later. According to eyewitness and police, three handcuffed under trial prisoners were being brought to the court of additional session judge, Sarfraz Akhtar, through an armoured police vehicle. The rival group, known as Kala Khan Group, attacked them with sophisticated weapons in the courts premises, killing all the three on the spot, soon they were taken out of the vehicle, Rawalpindi Police further informed. Civil Lines Police said that three deceased inmates, Chaudhry Shaukat Ali and Arshad Ali, residents of Dhoke Elahi Buksh, were real brothers and Muhammad Ghalib alias Mittho was their nephew. Malik Jawad Khalid, President Rawalpindi District Bar Association, confirmed to The Nation that according preliminary police investigations, a police constable provided 9 mm pistols to the assailants as they enter the courts premises empty handed The assailants were in contact with the police personnel deputed with the armoured police vehicle and the incident took place in connivance with the police, he said adding that an other police constable deputed with the armoured vehicle was still missing who was perhaps in contact with the assailants. He further said that the firing lasted for eight to 10 minutes and no police official retaliated instead all took shelter in the chambers of lawyers. Only a single police official tried to hit back but his gun missed the fire, he added. He also asserted that police involvement in the whole saga could be proved from the fact that the deceased were being brought directly to the court instead of bringing them in the Bukhshi Khana, as per common practice. An eyewitness said that one of the attackers also tried to cut the throat of one of the deceased. The firing incident created panic in the courts (katchery) and lawyers, litigants and other people present in the courts premises rushed for their lives after heard gunfire. Rescue 1122 and heavy contingent of police rushed to the crime scene. CPO Rawalpindi also hurriedly reached the District Courts. The security was tightened of the area. Later, Rescue 1122 shifted the dead bodies to DHQ for autopsy. Civil Lines Police Station has claimed to arrest three assailants out of four who were identified as Safeer, Khazir and Mohammad Asif while fourth one succeeded to flee from the scene. According to police, one alleged killer was arrested immediately after the incident while the two were arrested later from Morga locality while an FIR has been registered about the incident. Later, the relatives of the deceases also held a protest demonstration in front of CPO office soon after the killing incident. A spokesman of the police said that CPO Rawalpindi Azhar Hameed Khokhar had ordered the inquiry headed by the SSP (Operations) to fix the responsibility of the incident. He further informed that CPO had also suspended Arif Gondal Inspector as well as incharge of second security duty of katchery along with Shafqat Mahmood sub-inspector (SI), Sher Mohammad SI, Jhangir Bhatti SI and constables Tahir Mahmood, Waheed Ahmed, Mohammad Nazam, Asad Yar, Mohammad Qayum, Adil Shahzad and Mohammad Adnan. All these police officials were deputed for the District Courts security duty. CPO has also with drawn all police staff deputed at bakshi khana and at security duty for courts to police lines, he added.