2 passengers shot dead in Peerabad riots
KARACHI: Two passengers were shot dead, four people were injured and two vehicles were burnt Sunday by people who were returning after a burial in Qasba Colony.
The riots broke out while relatives of deceased Amir Shehzad, 20 of Qasba Colony, were returning from Paracha graveyard after Zohr prayers. Police said they started protesting and shouting slogans, demanding arrests.
“They started pelting stones at vehicles and burning tires,” said Site SP Ather Rasheed Butt. DSP Akram Abro claimed that when the crowd got to the main road, some people stopped a passenger bus W-19, (PE-5960), and a rickshaw. They pulled the people out and burnt the vehicles. Faheem and Bilawal Khan, the drivers were injured.
DSP Abro claimed that when the crowd neared Shehzad Morr, some people started rioting again and others opened fire on another passenger bus (PE-4440). Two passengers, Saeed Zaman, 30, and an unidentified man around 28 to 32 years old, were shot dead. “I cannot say exactly how many people were injured but, unofficially, I heard two names Younus and Shakeel,” he told Daily Times.
DSP Abro said that it’s possible that some people started looting during the commotion. “Perhaps some miscreants decided to take advantage of the situation by rioting,” said Abro
On the other hand, SHO Rustam Khattak said, “Of course the relatives were the rioters. And we are looking for the families of these two people who were killed to register a case.”
Orangi Town police station’s Zahir Gul said that the deceased was a resident of Qasba Colony No. 2-12 and was working in a local garment factory located in New Karachi. He was going back home Saturday night and, when he got near Baqai University, Manghopir Road, some people opened fire on him after he resisted a mobile phone theft attempt.
He was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital but passed away Sunday morning. FIR No. 47/08 was registered by his maternal uncle.
Man shot dead Rehan Najmi, 42, who was a father of five, was gunned down by unidentified motorcyclists within the jurisdiction of the Al-Falah police station. “The deceased was sitting in his tire-repair shop located near his house in Malir Halt, Albadar Society. Two accused shot him six times and he died on the spot,” said SHO Waseem Ahmed.
Ahmed said that he was a poor man and the chances of him being affiliated with any political party were low. The police have looked into any possible affiliations but haven’t found any. This could’ve been a domestic dispute, he said.
The SHO added that an FIR had not been registered yet.
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