Karachi: Police suspect robber lynching was planned
KARACHI: Police suspect that the incident of burning alive of two alleged robbers on Saturday was pre-planned. “My team and I do not think that passersby would have the courage for such an undertaking,” said North Nazimabad Town Superintendent of Police (SP) Khawaja Naveed. In addition to this feeling, he said, there were a few observations that led the police to believe that the burning was planned.
Firstly, according to the SP, two unidentified young men were at the front row of the crowd, while five or six others were supporting them from the back. They fled as soon as the police arrived, but the rest of the mob stayed behind. The investigators believe that this group of men followed the robbers with the intention of creating chaos. “It is too early to say anything about how it happened.
But there is a mafia that wants this and it is a challenge for the police to find the real men behind the scene,” the SP said. Police are considering the possibility that the instigators were collaborating with the robbers. Criminals often work with such backup, just in case they need to be saved at the last minute, especially in bus hold-ups, the SP said.
The police interviewed one witness. What made the police suspicious was that nobody seemed to know what was going on inside the bus until two motorcyclists stopped the bus by screaming, “Stop the bus! It is being robbed.” Investigators are wondering how two men outside the bus would have known exactly what was happening inside.
While the robbers were being attacked, an unidentified young man went to the nearby Remedial Hospital and asked its security guard to keep the robbers’ weapons, police learnt. The two victims were repeat offenders.