Three people who were spotted carrying guns were detained on Tuesday at the central gate of the Lahore Session Court.
The arrested were holding advanced weapons including rifles as well as magazines and ammunition, according to the court’s security incharge, Mubashir Awan. They had gone to court to have a lawsuit considered, he added.
It is illegal to bring guns at a session court as it is situated in the Red Zone, Awan added, adding that no one would be permitted to bear arms in court premises.
Initially, five men were detained and referred for further action to the Islampura Police Station, where separate initial information complaints were filed against three of those arrested. Two guys, Awan said, were released “after verification”
The FIRs were lodged under the Punjab Arms Ordinance, 1965, Section 13-2(a).
All three of the men were arrested after obtaining intelligence tips, according to the FIRs. One man was arrested from near the Judges Entrance, holding a rifle, six cartridges, and a gun, while another was arrested from the courthouse gate. He, too, had a six-bullet rifle and a magazine.
The third man was arrested with a rifle, 10 bullets and one magazine from the Baba Ground Session Court.
This is not the first time the police have seized persons carrying guns from a court house in recent weeks. Seven men from outside the district and session court near Baba Ground in Lahore were arrested on January 12. In a tweet, a spokesman for the Lahore police said that five rifles, five handguns and 700 bullets were confiscated from the seven men.
A week later, on 18 January, three armed men from the parking lot of the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court were arrested (ATC). According to safety officers, two handguns and four fully loaded magazines were found in their custody.