LAHORE - Two brothers were crushed to death by an NLC truck driver in the Nishtar Colony police limits on Thursday.

The deceased were identified as Hafiz Mazhar and Hafiz Zubair, residents of Kot Radha Kishan. Mazhar was a Zahurul Islam seminary student.

According to police, Mazhar and Zubair were on their way home when the truck ran their bike over near Kamahan Road, killing them on the spot. The driver ran away leaving the vehicle on the crash site, they added.  The accident drew ire among the residents, who torched the truck to vent their rage against the company. Police, rescuers and firemen reached the site, shifted the bodies to the City morgue and extinguished the fire.

The protesters dispersed after the police assured them of bringing the culprit to justice. The bodies were handed over to the bereaved family after medico-legal formalities. Police have registered a case and a hunt for the runaway driver is on.

8 culprits arrested: National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) N-5 Central have arrested eight culprits involved in snatching of vehicles, transportation of liquor, carrying illegal weapons and theft besides reuniting two children with their aggrieved parents during last few days.

Officers of NH&MP N-5 Central arrested Abubakar, Sarfraz, Sabir, Shahid, Jan Muhammad, Usman, Hashmat and recovered snatched a car (AFJ-691), Toyota corolla (LXK-0566), stolen government wood from a tractor trolley, huge amount of liquor, illegal weapons, one laptop and other valuables from their possession. On the directions of Zonal Commander N-5 Central DIG Rai Altaf Hussain, the arrested criminals and recovered items were handed over to the local police for further legal action.

Separately, officers of N-5 Central Zone helped a nine-year-old Abu Bakar son of Hafiz Allah Bachaya and an eight-year-old Umar Farooq son of Abdul Qadir to reunite with their respected family. IG NH&MP Zafar Abbas Luk appreciated the efforts of the officers and granted them commendation certificates and cash rewards for the excellent performance of duties.