Karachi: 3 die as robbery bid turns violent
Karachi: A robbery turned violent on Tuesday as bandits gunned down two people in the Pak Colony area. A short while later, one of the bandits who had carried out the theft and murder was killed during an encounter with the police. The incident enraged locals from the area who launched a protest and torched three vehicles, including a police mobile.
Police sources said that on Tuesday afternoon, four armed robbers barged into the Bismillah Marble Shop located on the main Mangopir Road in Pak Colony. After looting the shop, the bandits left to commit another robbery just a short distance away.
Once outside, the robbers started looting a passerby named Akhtar Ali and when he resisted, they opened fire on him. After injuring their victim, the bandits fled from the scene of the crime. Ali was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
A police mobile unit, under the supervision of SHO Pak Colony Shakeel Sherwarni rushed towards the scene of the crime. While the law enforcers were conducting their investigations, they received a tip that the same bandits were looting another shop near the Shahnawaz Chowk of Pak Colony.
The police team rushed towards the shop and upon reaching the spot discovered that the bandits had injured the shopkeeper Mohsin. The law enforcers then came across the murderous bandits and an encounter ensued after the robbers opened fire at the police team. During the exchange of fire, one of the suspected bandits was killed, while his accomplice managed to escape by taking advantage of the crowded area. Meanwhile, the injured Shopkeeper succumbed to his injuries.
The police discovered that both victims were residents of Pak Colony. Following the incidents, locals poured onto the streets and protested against the robbery and murder of the two residents.
The enraged mob torched two rickshaws and caused damage to a mobile unit of the Pak Colony police station. Police and rangers tried to bring the tense situation under control and finally managed to do so after facing hours of resistance.
SHO Shakeel of Pak Colony said that the deceased suspect remains unidentified and the police recovered a pistol, looted cash, cellular phones and purses from his possession.
In an unrelated incident, 35-year-old Syed Ameen’s butchered body was found lying on the roof of his house located in the Gulistan Society of the Khuldabad area in Shah Latif.
The police, after receiving information, moved towards the spot and shifted the body to the hospital. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the deceased had been living at the house with his three brothers. The elder brother had left a few days ago for Quetta along with his family, while Ameen and his younger brother remained behind. On Monday night, the younger brother left the house to go to work, leaving the victim home alone. Unidentified criminals then barged into the house and stabbed Ameen to death.
Police said that the deceased was married seven months ago and that his murder probably took place due to a personal enmity.