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LAHORE: A policeman was shot dead allegedly for honour in Batapur on Sunday.

Police received a call on their 15 helpline late on Saturday about a robbery incident at a house in Batapur. A police team reached the house and found no one there. They launched a search operation and recovered a body of a man from under a bed.

The body was later identified as that of Asif Ali, 25, a resident of Mandi Bahauddin serving in Special Police Protection Unit deployed for the security of Chinese nationals working in the area. Police shifted the body to morgue for autopsy and registered a murder case on the complaint of the victim’s brother-in-law against a suspect, Aslam.

A senior police official on condition of anonymity told Dawn that Ali was suspected of having a relationship with a girl of the area and he had gone to meet her on Saturday night. The girl’s father, Aslam, saw him, shot him dead and fled from the scene with his other family members.

The suspect had called the police helpline to make the incident look like a robbery. He said they were conducting raids to arrest the suspect.

Published in Dawn, March 11th, 2019