Karachi: Alleged robbers shot by civilian
KARACHI: An alleged robber was shot dead by a civilian as he tried to flee within the jurisdiction of Zaman Town Police Station. Unlike previous incidents of mob justice, the person responsible for shooting the robber repented his act but could not give a suitable explanation as to why he did not help the dying robber after shooting him.
The incident took place around 330 p.m. at a wholesale cold drink store in Noorani Basti, Korangi Number-1. Forty-year old shop owner Shahabuddin Ahmed was sitting as per routine at his shop counter with his young salesman, Ali, when at least six robbers on three motorcycles arrived. Two entered the shop, while the other four stood by their motorcycles, said Landhi Town SP Pervaiz Emrani.
“The robbers asked for a drink as they entered the shop, to which Ahmed replied that he is a wholesaler not a retailer,” said the SP.
Before they could say or do anything else, the robbers had taken out their TT pistols and were asking for money. The shopkeeper immediately handed them Rs 15,000, all the money that was in his shop, and showed them the empty cash drawer as proof of his claim that he had no more money, the SP continued. Taking the money, the robbers made to escape, while their four companions outside started their motorcycles.
“I had a licensed TT pistol with me in my safe, which I immediately took out and fired at the fleeing robbers,” said shop owner Ahmed. The two robbers had just mounted their bikes when they were shot. One of them managed to flee, wounded, with his associates, while the other fell to the road and was left behind.
“He lay on the road for sometime but I did not have the courage to go to his aid,” Ahmed claimed. “He was shouting in pain and asking for help. The situation was dire and I was lost in confusion. The last words he said were, ‘For God’s sake, please save me and take me to a hospital.’ He died almost immediately after that,” he said.
By now, there were scores of people gathered around the dead robber, discussing the incident. “This is not the fault of any single person but the fault of the government,” said one person standing by. “It is one’s circumstances which compel him to become a robber,” he opined. He added that unemployment, poverty, injustice and illiteracy, all rampant in our society today, are to blame for someone picking up a gun and committing a robbery.
“I will never be able to forget his face and his cries for help,” said Ahmed, talking about the robber, adding that he had no choice but to do what he did. The body of the deceased was shifted to the Edhi morgue at Sohrab Goth and moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) after the legal formalities were completed.