Hyderabad: Man killed as officials try to vacate land
HYDERABAD: A man of Chandio tribe was killed and four of his associates suffered injuries in an exchange of fire with Jatoi tribesmen as they tried to get a plot of land in Ganjo Takkar area in Latifabad vacated with the help of a team of anti encroachment cell here on Sunday. When the team of the cell reached the area with bulldozers and a group of Jatois for possession of the land, people of the area people put up resistance. Ahmed Khan Chandio was killed and Manzoor Chandio, Sadiq, Shaman and Majeed were injured in the exchange of fire.
Enraged, the crowd attacked a vehicle the team had left behind while leaving the place. Later, they blocked the Hyderabad–Tando Mohammad Khan road.
The protesters ended the blockade when police assured them of registering the FIR.
SHO of the Site police station Afzal Qureshi said that two FIRs were being lodged, one by the Chandios and the other by officials of the anti–encroachment cell.
Mir Mohammad Chandio, cousin of the deceased, said they would lodge an FIR against Khalid Narejo, inspector of the anti–encroachment cell, and private persons Ejaz Jatoi, Azhar Jatoi, Mir Jatoi and Khadim Jatoi who accompanied Narejo during the operation.
He accused Sikandar Jatoi, the owner of Zealpak cement factory, of orchestrating the operation. He said they had been living on the land for 20 years.
Aziz Solangi, sales manager of Zealpak cement factory, said the land belonged to the factory and its lease would end in 2017. The factory had 3,700 acres of land of which 40 to 45 acres had been illegally occupied.
The factory wanted to extract limestone from the place, he said.
Khalid Narejo, inspector of the anti–encroachment cell, was not available for comments.