Earlier, Station House Officer (SHO) Sharah-e-Noor Jahan Raja Tariq and SP North Nazimabad Lateef Siddiqui faced suspension.
A lofty claim made by the police of killing two armed robbers in an encounter proved to be pack of lies after both the ‘shot-dead’ young men turned out to be innocent citizens out on their business.
Police first took credit for shooting and killing a couple of armed dacoits in North Nazimabad Block-I area, but later their identification as unarmed citizens forced them to take a U-turn.
Police said the deceased were butchers on their way to recover the (pending) payments for animals they slaughtered on Eid-ul-Azha. They added that unknown gunmen killed them both most probably during a holdup as they may have been carrying lot of cash.
It is to be mentioned here that earlier, after increased numbers of police encounters in Punjab, the Interior Minister Rehman Malik summoned the record of the encounters across the country and directed the officials to arrest the culprits instead of killing them.