LAHORE – Dacoits went on the rampage, robbed eight houses, shot dead a 30-year-old woman, wounded her husband on offering resistance, and fled after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth million Rs15 million in several successful strikes in different parts of the City.

Police sources claimed that the bandits also looted several motorists and passers-by in various parts of the City and fled away. The police are investigating with no arrest made so far.

According to police sources, three gunmen riding on motorcycles intercepted a couple at the doorstep of their residence in PCSIR Housing Society in the precincts of the Nawab Town police station.

The gunmen held up the woman, later identified as Farzana Bibi, and demanded her husband to hand them over their belongings, including the luxury vehicle they were driving. Police sources revealed that the bandits intercepted the vehicle as the couple reached their residence after attending a wedding function.

As Muhammad Manzoor offered resistance and tried to overpower one of the bandits, the others opened straight fire at him and his wife Farzana. The robbers collected cash, gold ornaments and other valuables from the couple, and also snatched away their car.

The police did not reach the spot despite several attempts by the locals, who came out after listening to the gunshots. Later, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) officials reached the crime scene and shifted the injured to a local hospital.

Farzana Bibi succumbed to bullet injuries while the condition of her husband was reported to be critical until the filing of this report. The police have removed the dead body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating with no arrests yet.

Meanwhile, robbers continued looting spree in the provincial capital and escaped after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth millions of rupees.

According to sources, five robbers barged into the house of Sheikh Ahmed in the Garhi Shahu police area, held the family members hostage at gunpoint, and escaped after snatching cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs1.2 million.

Three bandits stormed into the house of Imran in the Iqbal Town police vicinity and took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs800,000 at gunpoint.

Robbers equipped with pistols forced their entry into the house of Gohar in the Nishtar Colony police jurisdiction, and snatched away cash, gold ornaments and cellular phones worth Rs800,000 after holding the family members hostage.

In another incident, armed bandits stormed into the house of Muhammad Riaz in the Ghaziabad police limits, held up the women and children at gunpoint, and took away cash and gold ornaments worth Rs700,000. The police are investigating.

Gunmen forced their entry into the house of Nasir situated in the Township police area, and made off with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs500,000. Armed bandits forced their entry into another two houses, owned by Najam Uddin and Kamran, located in thr Factory Area and Shahdara police precincts, respectively; and snatched away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs900,000.

Three robbers equipped with lethal weapons stormed into the house of Shahbaz in the Rang Mahal police jurisdiction, and took away, cash and gold ornaments worth Rs600,000 after holding the family members hostage at gunpoint.

Thieves broke into the house of Khurum Shahzad, said to be owner of a private construction company, in TNT Colony, in the vicinity of Satu Katla police, and escaped after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs10 million.

Gunmen also deprived passers-by and motorists of their belongings in the Iqbal Town, Satu Katla, Gulberg, Model Town, Misri Shah, Batapur, Kahna and Wahdat Colony police areas.