3 killed in Lyari violence
KARACHI: Three people, including a supporter of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed as the gun battle between Kachhi Rabita Committee (KRC) men and a gangsters group continued in Lyari, here on Tuesday.
Routine and commercial activities also remained paralysed in Lyari and its adjoining areas due to violence while law enforcement agencies were seen outside the strife-hit areas. An office of KRC was torched in Moosa Lane. The situation remained tense in Khadda Market, Moosa Lane, Shah Abdul Bhattai road, Ghanchi Para, Nayaabad, Daryaabad, Agra Taj Colony, Kalakot and Singholane where both groups exchange fire time and again.
The body of a MQM supporter bearing torture marks was found from Kalakot. The victim was identified as Majid, 22, son of Shakoor. He was a resident of Ranchore Lane and was killed after kidnapping. Police officials said that the victim’s hands and legs were also tied with ropes and had several torture marks.
Separately, Munir, 26, son of Essa Baloch, was shot dead in Agra Taj Colony within Kalri police precincts. Police sources said that the deceased used to work at a rent-a-car office and was shot and injured outside the office. He was shot once in his abdomen and succumbed to his injuries at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. He lived in Singholane, Lyari.
Similarly, a man was shot dead in Bihar Colony in the jurisdiction of Chakiwara police station. The incident took place on Mirza Adam Khan Road where 25-year-old Wazeer, son of Amin, was buying second hand clothes when unidentified armed men shot him dead on the spot. Police said the victim hailed from Afghanistan. No case was registered till filing the report.
Meanwhile, armed men also ransacked the office of KRC located at Moosa Lane within the jurisdiction of Baghdadi police station. There were also reports about kidnapping of several people during the violence.
Residents were compelled to remain confined at their homes amid shortage of food and other commodities of daily use. Some of them also left their homes and stayed with their relatives in neighbouring areas.
A heavy contingent of law enforcers, including police commandos, was unable to enter violence-hit areas. staff report