Man `set on fire` in Malir
KARACHI: A young man sustained burn injuries on Friday when some car riders allegedly tried to set him on fire after snatching cash and valuables, police said.
They said that 22-year-old Kamran told investigators that he had been kidnapped by a couple of men in a car near Malir City a few minutes after he had left his home in Mohabbat Nagar.
“The riders took him away after putting him into the car,” said Inspector Aslam Naeem of the Saudabad police station. “During over a half-an-hour ride, they snatched his cash and cellphone and finally stopped close to the railway tracks between Model Colony and Darakhshan society.”
After dragging him out of the car, they tried to set him on fire and sped away, the official said, quoting the victim as saying. “However, he sustained burn injuries only on his shoulders and legs. He then called his family members who took him first to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre from where he was referred to the burns centre of the Civil Hospital,” added Inspector Naeem. The police official, however, sounded unconvinced by the statement of the victim, saying that they could arrive at a conclusion only after a thorough investigation.
Senior medico legal officer at the Civil Hospital Dr Mubarak Pathan who examined the victim said that Kamran was out of danger as the incident caused him 22 per cent burn injuries.
“In such cases, we have witnessed that the victim who is set on fire by two or more people can hardly survive and at least suffers 60 to 70 per cent burn injuries. The incident in Malir is quite strange considering the facts shared by the victim,” he added.