Karachi: Three suspected robbers killed
KARACHI: Three men, alleged by the police to be robbers, were shot dead on Tuesday during encounters in two separate areas. The first encounter took place within the limits of the Mobina Town Police Station. A police mobile unit, consisting of SHO Shoaib Qureshi, was on patrol when they signalled to two men, suspected to be robbers and riding a motorcycle, registration No. KBE-8672, on the N.E.D. University Road to stop.
The pair, after being warned, opened fire at the police officers, said on-duty officer Abrar Hussain. The police returned fire due to which the two alleged robbers died. Two TT pistols were recovered from them and their bodies were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. However, the deceased have not been identified and an FIR had not been registered till the filing of this report.
Another alleged robber, Fazal Khaliq, was gunned down early morning on Tuesday by the Sharafi Goth police within the jurisdiction of the Quaidabad Police Station.
Sharafi Goth Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Danish Haider, along with a police party, was on patrol when an employee of a local café informed the officers that an armed man is looting a civilian, Rana Tariq Aziz, and holding him hostage at Landhi 89. Aziz was in his car, APG-761. According to Haider, he asked the robber to surrender when they but the robber opened fire on them. It was necessary to fire back, because of which the robber died. The police recovered a TT pistol, Haider claimed, and registered FIR 99/08 on Aziz’s behalf.
Following this, four policemen, ASI Danish Haider, Head Constable Mian Bux, Police Constable Amanullah and driver Mazhar Hussain, have been suspended and arrested on the orders of higher officials, on charges of a false encounter and FIR 100/08 was registered on behalf of Sher Alam, the brother of the deceased.
Alam claimed that ASI Danish Haider had a dispute with his brother, Fazal Khaliq, 30, because of which the police officers killed Khaliq.
Meanwhile, DSP Manthar Kaka said that activists of the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) started riots in the area, putting the body of the deceased on display on the road. They shouted slogans against the police department, blocked the National Highway, burnt tyres on the road and pelted passing vehicles with stones. The deceased was a party activist’s brother, said ANP Central leader Aman Khan.