KARACHI- At least seven people including a woman lost their lives in different incidents of violence while three alleged outlaws were gunned down in separate police shootouts here on Wednesday.
Memon Goth Police found bodies of four men near Link Road in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area. All the four victims were shot multiple times in their heads, while no mark of torture was visible. The three victims were appeared to be young while the fourth one was in 50s. The bodies were moved to morgue for identification after completing medico-legal formalities at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. It is worth mentioning here that another three bodies were found from Sharfi Goth on Sunday, and later they were identified as militants affiliated with the TTP.
Separately, a police sub-inspector, identified as Nazir Khaskheli was shot dead in an act of target killing near Shama Shopping Centre in Shah Faisal Colony. According to initial reports, the deceased, who was posted at Shah Faisal Colony Police Station, was heading towards his residence when some unidentified armed men shot him dead.
In another incident in Orangi Town, a 40-year-old man namely Bashir Ishaaq was shot dead by unidentified armed men. Police officials said the deceased hailed from Swat and had arrived in the city about a couple of days ago, adding that the motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained. A woman, whose identity could not be verified, was found dead in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Police said that the body packed in a gunny bag was bearing torture marks. The body was shifted to Sohrab Goth morgue.
An elderly man, Azad Gul, was killed and a rickshaw driver, Hameed Gul, 24, was wounded in a firing incident in Gulshan-e-Bunair. Police said that the deceased hailed from Bajaur Agency and used to live in a Gulshan-e-Bunair area, adding that he was sitting near to his residence when unidentified persons targeted him over unexplained reasons.
Meanwhile, three alleged criminals were killed in three separate encounters while law enforcers claimed to have apprehended around 33 suspects. A man allegedly associated with the Lyari-based Wasiullah Lakho group was killed in a shootout during a search operation jointly carried out by police and Rangers in Lyari.
Police officials said they being tipped off conducted a raid at a gangsters’ hideout in the area. The gangsters opened indiscriminate firing at the law enforcers who also retaliated. As a result, a gangster identified as Behram was killed in the crossfire. Police officials claimed that Behram was wanted in around one dozen cases of different crimes including target killing, extortion and attacks on law enforcers.
Separately, a suspect was killed during an alleged encounter with police within the limits of Manghopir Police Station. Police officials said that they intercepted two men riding a motorcycle during snap-checking near Garam Chashma in Sultanabad area of Manghopir, adding that the suspects tried to escape under the cover of firing. And during exchange of fire, a suspect was killed while his accomplice managed to escape. Police also claimed to have recovered a motorcycle and a pistol from them.
The body was shifted to morgue, Sohrab Goth for identification after completing medico-legal formalities at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Separately, Special Investigation Unit police claimed to have killed an alleged criminal in an encounter. According to SIU officials, the raid was conducted on a tip-off at the criminals’ hideouts near Super Highway. During the exchange of fire, a criminal identified as Gulab Jatoi was killed. According to police, Jatoi was wanted in various cases for running his gang in Sohrab Goth and FB Industrial Area.
On the other side, Clifton division police claimed to have arrested three alleged target killers during separate raids in Gizri and Clifton localities. They said the accused were involved in around one dozen cases of target killing of innocent citizens, adding that weapons were also recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, Rangers conducted raids in Gharibabad, Landhi, Korangi, Quaidabad, Muhammad Ali Society, Model Colony, Mushki Para, Farid Colony, Ittehad Town, Super Market, Haryana Colony, Sarya Gali, Kunwari Colony and Fawara Chowk areas, arresting 30 hardened criminals including Lyari gangsters. The accused are said to be affiliated with various political groups and involved in heinous crimes.
Lyari continued echoing with heavy firing and explosions of rockets and grenade as the law enforcers stayed away from the troubled areas.
A 35-year-old woman, Raquiya, her son, Madad Ali, and a relative, two-year-old Tabassum, lost their lives when a bomb pelted by the gangsters fell inside their house in Juna Masjid in Zikri Mohalla. Similarly, a youth who has yet to be identified was found dead from Jhatt Pat market area of Chakiwara area. Separately, an elderly man was shot dead near Juna Masjid area. Extra contingent of law enforcers including police and Rangers were unable to control the situation and to take any action against the Lyari gangsters. Lyari SP Shahnawaz Khan confirmed the killings of five people in the recent wave of violence.