Karachi: 5 killed, PPP leader’s house torched in Lyari
KARACHI: Pitched battles between the police and gangsters in Lyari continued for the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday, with the day’s operation claiming at least five lives, and injuring more than two dozen citizens. Additionally, two policemen were injured and two police mobiles were heavily damaged after at least eight rockets were fired near Lyari’s Cheel Chowk. Violence also flared in various parts of the city as people gathered to protest against the ongoing operations. Protesters ransacked the residence of Pakistan People’s Party MPA Rafique Engineer and attacked a police station.
The first attack of the day took place Agra Taj Colony, in which 60–year–old Jabbar was killed and nine others injured. The victims of the attack were fleeing from their homes because of the ongoing operation, when armed gangsters lobbed a hand grenade at them.
Jabbar – who was killed on the spot – along with the nine injured, were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for postmortem and treatment respectively.
Meanwhile, Shaban Jan, wife of Ghafoor, was killed by a stray bullet when armed gangsters opened fire on police officials in Agra Taj Colony.
Nine criminals were injured while the rest retreated to their hideouts in the ensuing police retaliation. However, the police were unable to apprehend the injured criminals, as they were rescued by their accomplices under the cover of fire.
Armed criminals also attacked Arth Chok in Lyari, in which two people, one of whom was a young boy, were killed, while five others were injured.
The victims of the attack were shifted to CHK, where a Medico–Legal Officer (MLO) identified one of the deceased as Sabir, 40. Though the MLO was unable to indentify the young boy, they said that it appeared as though the boy had been crushed to death under the wheels of an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).
On Tuesday morning armed gangsters fired five to six rockets at police personnel present at Cheel Chowk, with on of the rockets damaging two police mobiles. Gangsters orchestrated another rocket attack at Cheel Chowk later on Tuesday evening, in which two police officials were injured.
In a separate incident near Cheel Chowk, Sajin, 30, Kamran, 18 and Maji, 50, were gunned down by armed criminals. All three victims were immediately sent to the CHK for treatment, however Sajin expired on his way to there.
Several protests were also reported from different parts of the city in reaction to the Lyari operation.
The first demonstration of the day was held in Lyari, where residents of the area gathered to protest the police action which has disturbed their daily life and left them without food. However, the protesters were unable to express their outrage for long, as they were forced back into their homes by law-enforcement personnel.
Later in the evening an angry mob of attacked MPA Rafique Engineer’s Lyari residence, in which they threw all of the furniture and electrical appliances in the house out onto the road, and then set the house on fire. Police rushed to the spot and fired tear gas to break up the mob.
Violence was also witnessed during another rally in which protesters attacked the Pak Colony Police Station. Law-enforcement resorted to heavy aerial firing to disperse the mob.
Another angry mob torched tires, blocked vehicular traffic and torched the mobile van of SITE-A police near Dhobi Ghath, where police had to use tear-gas to break up the violent protest.
An intelligence source told The News that the police are currently engaged in drawn out battles in the Cheel Chowk and Gul Mohammed Lane areas.