LAHORE - Dacoits shot dead a man and wounded another as they fought back a house-robbery attempt in Iqbal Town yesterday evening.

The Police Response Unit comprising “smart cops” reached the spot when the dacoits had escaped.

Investigators identified both the victims as Waqar Ahmed, 47, and Muhammad Imran, 35. According to police, Waqar died on the spot while Imran was rushed to the Jinnah Hospital where his condition was stated to be out of danger.

Five dacoits equipped with automatic weapons barged into the house of Prof Dr Muhammad Islam in (276-Sikandar Block) Iqbal Town yesterday evening. The bandits held up the family members at gunpoint and started looting after locking them inside one of the bedrooms.

A police officer revealed that the bandits remained present at the house for more than two hours and then fled on motorcycles. “(The) dacoits also thrashed the woman and children as they tried to make hue and cry,” a police officer said, requesting anonymity.

However, Muhammad Shahzad, a duty officer at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station claimed that the robbery took place in front of the house. “The wife and a close relative of Dr Islam were coming back home in a car along with a driver when two gunmen riding on a motorcycle intercepted them outside. The bandits opened fire on them as they fought”.

Waqar, said to be a private driver of Prof Dr Islam, sustained multiple bullets in the belly and expired instantly. The bandits however fled after collecting cash, gold ornaments, mobile phones, and other valuables worth hundreds of thousands of rupees.

A neighbour of the victim family told reporters that the police did not arrive at the crime scene despite the fact that “they were alerted immediately”.

The brazen house-robbery sparked terror and fear in the locality as residents took to streets and protested against the police and the provincial government over worsening law and order situation in Lahore.

Police have failed to arrest a gang of four gunmen who are committing armed robberies in the posh localities with impunity. Last week, four gunmen forced their entry into a restaurant located on MM Alam Road and fled after snatching cash, gold ornaments, and mobile phones worth Rs 800,000. A couple of weeks ago, two gunmen burst into the Burj Bank branch near Hussain Chowk in Gulberg and fled after collecting local and foreign currency worth Rs90.66 million. Police are yet to arrest the bandits involved in what appeared to be the city’s biggest bank heist in several years.

Shot dead: A 32-year-old woman yesterday was killed and her husband wounded critically in a gun-attack near Suggian Bridge in Shahdara.

Police said Razia Bibi and her husband Shahbaz were coming to Lahore in a car when two motorcyclists intercepted them near Suggian Bridge. Razia died on the spot while Shahbaz was admitted to the Mayo hospital in critical condition. The police are investigating with no arrest made yet.