Karachi: Activist among 3 killed over hide collection
Though most of the city witnessed no serious clash between welfare organisations backed by political parties, charities and non-government organisations — except for a few incidents of brawls in different areas — Lyari and Gulshan-e-Iqbal emerged as the two troubled spots where firing between competing groups claimed two lives and left more than half a dozen people wounded.
In the first incident, a few men said to be associated with a criminal gang operating in Lyari commanded people of a community to surrender the hides of their sacrificial animals, but the latter resisted.
“It’s a Niazi Mohallah in Daryabad of Lyari where people from a particular community sacrifice dozens of cattle every year,” said Inspector Yousuf Baloch, the SHO of the Kalri police station. “For the last few days these people were being warned by suspected gangsters to give them the hides of their animals after slaughter.”
However, he said, the participants of the cattle sacrifice were not willing to give in to the demand for surrender of hides.
“As the tension intensified in the area, aides of the gunmen fired multiple shots at people resisting, leaving several men wounded. Two of the wounded — Mohammad Fayyaz and Sammiullah, both in their early 30s — died during treatment at the Civil Hospital Karachi,” he said.
He said the other wounded persons — Wasim, Shahzad, Asad, Rahman Shah, Malik Noor Khan, Muhammad Tariq and Muhammad Yaqoob — were shifted to different wards of the CHK after surgeries and dressing of their wounds.
Though the police registered an FIR (373/2010) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against the suspects — Fahim, Shakil, Shahid Darinda, Wasim, Khadim Hussain, Abdul Basit and Saeed Bengali — on the complaint of an area resident, Muhammad Ali, they failed to arrest any of them even after three days.