2 cops killed in Landhi
KARACHI: Three persons, including two police officers, were gunned down on early Tuesday morning, within the jurisdiction of the Sukhan police station.
Two police constables, Mohammad Aslam and Mohammad Boota, and Roshan Khan Malla, the security guard of a government middle school were asleep on the rooftop of the school building in Rehri Goth, when unidentified people entered the building at around 5:10 a.m. and opened fire upon them, resulting in their instantaneous deaths. The assassins managed to flee and also took away two sub machine guns and three mobile phones from the victims.
Aslam hailed from Jhang, Boota belonged to Faisalabad and the watchman was a local of Rehri Goth. DSP Ejaz Hussain Kamario said that the incident took place in a check post of the Sukhan police station, which has been established in the school building for the deputed police constables. The DSP opined that the killing could be in revenge for the raids against smugglers of Rehri Goth and its adjoining areas, conducted by the police a few days.
He informed that Aslam and Malla sustained bullets but there were no bullet wounds on the body of Mohammad Boota, therefore, it is suspected that he died of a heart attack. However, SHO Akram Mughal said that the postmortem reports confirmed that all three men died because of bullet injuries.
Aslam, residing at Labor Square, Quaidabad, had two children, while Boota, who lived in Ali Goth, and Malla left behind three children. According to sources, Bin Qasim Town SP Abdullah Sheikh has suspended and arrested Sub Inspector (SI) Muzaffar Ali for negligence and has launched an inquiry into the incident, although no FIR had been registered till the filing of this report. The dismissed policeman was also deputed at the school and, in his statement, has claimed that the left the rooftop to sleep on the ground floor, as there were too many mosquitoes. Ali also claimed that the three were dead by the time he reached the roof after hearing the firing, leading the police to suspect his involvement in the murders.
However, the SHO said that there could be any motive behind the killing. “We are investigating the case from all angles and, right now, the information cannot be shared with the media,” said Mughal, only informing that the police have found car and motorcycle tyre marks.
The funeral prayers of the deceased policemen were offered at Hassan Square police headquarter after Asr prayers and were attended by a number of police officials, including Sindh Police Inspector General Sultan Sallahuddin Babar Khattak. The bodies were then handed over to the families for burial in their respective hometowns.