RAWALPINDI - Three armed robbers shot dead a man and injured another when they showed resistance and snatched Rs 4,50,000 from them at Dhoke Mustaqeem, the area of Police Station Westridge, here on Thursday.
Soon after the incident, a heavy contingent of police rushed to the scene while rescuers meanwhile shifted the dead body and the injured to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ). According to some eyewitnesses, the incident took place at 4:45pm when three armed muggers boarding a bike intercepted the two men Ghulam Mustafa and Tanveer at Dhoke Mustaqeem, who were heading towards their home in a taxi cab after exchanging the money worth Rs 6,00,000 from money changers at Mall Plaza. They pointed guns and tried them to snatch the money. However, when Mustafa and Tanveer resisted, a mugger opened fire at them killing Ghulam Mustafa injuring him critically.
Another robber beaten Tanveer with the handle of pistol injuring him critically, the eyewitnesses said.
Hearing the noise of firing, a large number of people rushed for safety whereas the dacoits snatched Rs 4,50,000 and fled from the scene by resorting to aerial firing, they added.
Some locals intimated the area police for help. After a while, a heavy contingent of police reached the spot and moved the dead body and injured to the DHQ through Rescue 1122 and later recorded the statements of some eyewitnesses.
Station House Officer (SHO) Westridge Police, Malik Allah Yar, when contacted, confirmed the incident saying the robbers had killed Ghulam Mustafa and injured Tanveer during robbery bid. He added that the robbers ran away by snatching Rs 4,00,000 from them. On a query, he replied that Ghulam and Tanveer were associated with oil business and returning from Mall Plaza after exchanging money from money-changers.
A man namely Ghulam Mustafa taken to hospital by rescuers who sustained multiple bullet injuries on his body and died, said CMO DHQ Dr Ashraf. Doctors are providing medical treatment to the injured one. However, the final report would be issued after conducting the postmortem of the dead body, he said. On the other hand, fear gripped the locality as all the business activities got suspended and people preferred to remain indoor. The area residents appealed City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokher to enhance the patrolling in the area to avoid such dacoity bids in future.
Till the filing of this report, police was busy in probing the case with no arrest or recovery.