‘Mugger’ lynched in Godhra
KARACHI: A suspected mugger was lynched and an accomplice of his was seriously wounded after they were caught by a charged mob in New Karachi on Saturday.
The suspects had been busy for half an hour robbing people of their cellphones, other valuables and cash, police said.
The incident also enraged area people and industrial workers, who protested against the police for not providing them with security and said street crime in the low-income locality had become rampant. Some people, however, deplored the lynching and blamed the police for it, saying they arrived at the crime-scene too late to save the suspects from the mob.
The area police said three youngsters two on a motorbike were busy snatching cash, cellphones and other valuables from people passing through the Nullah Stop in Sector 11-G (Godhra) of New Karachi. The police quoting witnesses said the young riders had been busy in the crime for almost half an hour, when some people planned to overpower them.
“At any time you may find dozens of pedestrians, mostly factory workers, passing on the road in this area, as this road is linked to the industrial area,” said an official at the New Karachi Industrial Area police station. “There were three youngsters randomly holding people at gunpoint and depriving them of valuables. Witnessing this, a group of people mostly youngsters, approached the muggers and overpowered two of them after the third one sped away with the motorbike.”
The situation prompted more people to join in the adventure, and they finally trapped and overpowered the two muggers, he said, adding that before police were informed, the suspected muggers had been given a hiding by a mob. The mob was so charged that they did not let the muggers escape and in the process the two fell into a sewage drain along the road.
“The police finally pulled out the two muggers from the nullah and shifted them to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead on arrival,” said SP Chaudhry Asad of New Karachi town. “None of them has been identified yet.
They both sustained serious wounds, but the doctors suspect one of the muggers died after sewage entered his lungs.”
The police officials said they did not find any gun in the muggers’ possession. Neither anyone from the mob handed any weapon to the police belonging to the suspects. However, the police insisted that the mugger who escaped the scene must have carried guns.
“The two are unidentified. They are young and wearing trousers and shirts. Nothing has been found on them that could help determine their identities,” said SP Asad.