LAHORE – Road accidents, enmity, usury and firing killed eight persons, including two friends and a woman, in the provincial capital on Sunday, police said.

According to details, Kashif and Jamshed, the two friends, were heading home when a speeding tractor-trolley hit their bike on the Ring Road, in the Shadbagh police precincts, leaving them in a pool of blood.

According to the police investigators, Kashif died on the spot while Jamshed breathed his last on way to a hospital. As soon as the news of their death reached their parents, they reached the crime scene and blocked the road by staging a huge protest against the police and the driver, who had fled the scene.

The police have, however, impounded the tractor-trolley and lodged an FIR against the unidentified driver, with no arrest till this writing. The bodies were removed to the City morgue for autopsy. In another incident, the 17-year-old Muhammad Zaffar, of Shangla Hill, also died in a road accident in Mozang area.

Meanwhile, the body of the 16-year-old boy Umar Latif, of Ghaziabad, was found from Old Officers Colony, North Cantonment, on Sunday. Police, after recovering the body, suspected molestation before the boy’s murder. “The accused men strangled Umar to death after the ugly incident,” a policeman said.

Umar was kidnapped two days ago from the Ghaziabad area. Announcements were made from the nearby mosques, but no one contacted the police to own the body. The police said that the body of a boy, who was wearing a blue shalwar and a white upper, sustained a big mark on his back. Later, the body was shifted to the morgue for autopsy.

Azhar Shah, aged 20, of Wapada Town, was shot dead by his friend Waqas over a petty dispute. The deceased was an employee at a department store, the Sattukatla police said. They added that both the young men were running a dispute for the last several days, which resulted in the killing of Shah. Later, an FIR was registered against the killer.

 The police have taken security guard Riaz Ahmed into their custody for interrogation.

Some unidentified accused gunned down a 30-year-old man, yet to be identified, in Shahdara police limits on Sunday. Police said residents found a severely injured man in a white shirt and a black trouser near the Sagian Bridge.

They took the injured man to the Mayo Hospital where he breathed his last. “We have recovered a pistol from his possession, but nothing could be said at this stage as to what had happened to this man,” said a senior police officer. Later, the body was removed to the morgue for autopsy.

A woman, the mother of three, died after suffering multiple burn injuries at Jhugian Nagra, in Nawankot police precincts. According to details, Shahida, the wife of Fiaz, was making breakfast when her scarf (dupata) caught fire. She sustained severe injuries. Later she died and the body shifted to the morgue for autopsy.

In another incident, a 65-year-old poverty-stricken man, namely Qasim Ali, of Old Anarkali, died after he failed to return usury obtained from one Muhammad Ali, of the same area.

A family member said that police had obtained surety bonds from the deceased’s sons, namely Iqbal Qasim and Afzaal Qasim, a couple of months back. “He, however, could not pay the usury on which the police started intimidating him to return the interest [money],” he said, adding that on the day of the incident, the police along with the man running the heinous business had waited for his sons – later announced as POs – in order to arrest them from the funeral site.