Karachi: 4 killed for refusing to pay extortion money
KARACHI: Lyari gangsters went on a rampage against people refusing to pay extortion on Thursday night and killed four people in different areas of the Docks police jurisdiction, claimed law enforcers of the area. Sixty-five-year-old Noor Muhammad and his 23–year–old son Siraj were shot dead outside their house near the Saddam Colony, which lies within the Machar Colony, while two men identified as Abdul Khalil and Khursheed suffered bullet injuries in the same incident.
SSP West Amir Ali Farooqi told The News that notorious Lyari gangster Fareed Langra and his accomplices arrived at the scene, called Noor Muhammad out of his house and sprayed the old man with bullets. The victim’s son – who rushed out after hearing the gunfire – was also killed when the gunmen turned their weapons on him.
Locals took the bodies to the Civil Hospital for an autopsy, while Khalil and Khursheed were taken to the medical facility for treatment. Police officers sent the empty bullet casings recovered from the scene of the crime for forensic tests.
SSP Farooqi revealed that the victims owned a prawn factory in the area and added that they were probably killed because they refused to pay extortion money.
Meanwhile, in the same police jurisdiction, 32–year–old Moeen was gunned down near the Siraj Colony of Machar Colony by four armed motorcyclists as he was headed home.
The police said that the victim was a fisherman and was also killed by Lyari gangsters for refusing to pay extortion money.
They added that the same criminals killed a third person just a short distance away. This victim was identified was 35–year–old Sohail, whose body was taken to the Civil Hospital
Two including MQM–H activist killed, another body found
An MQM–Haqiqi (MQM–H) activist was gunned down, while a bullet–riddled body was found also found on Thursday.
30–year–old Muhammad Farooq suffered bullet wounds when he was shot by two motorcyclists, who fled after leaving the victim lying in a pool of blood outside his house near the Afaq Ahmed Lane in Landhi–No6.
Locals rushed the injured to the hospital, where he died. The body was later taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for a postmortem.
MQM-H leaders and activists staged a protest at the hospital and accused a rival group of carrying out the murder. Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim was sitting outside his house when he was shot twice by the assailants.
Trouble was witnessed in Landhi after the MQM-H activist’s murder as some people came onto the streets and forced the closure of shops. The armed men resorted to aerial firing and spread panic in the locality.
The police arrived at the scene and tried to restore law and order, but faced stiff resistance from the miscreants. Meanwhile, the police believed that the MQM-H activist was yet another person to fall prey to the ongoing wave of target killings.
The empty bullet casings found from the scene of the crime have been sent for forensic tests. However, the Landhi police have not yet registered a first information report (FIR).
In a separate case, the bullet riddled body of Nasir alias Munna was found near the Shoe Market in the Garden police jurisdiction.
A mobile unit of the Garden Police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for legal formalities. A medico–legal officer (MLO) of the facility said that the victim had been shot twice in the head.
The Garden police said that Nasir lived in the Lines Area and had been kidnapped by unidentified people, who killed him in another area, and dumped the body in their jurisdiction. The law enforcers believed that the victim was an informant and had been killed in a targeted attack.
In a late night development, 35–year–old Muhammad Alam was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in North Karachi as he was going towards a local graveyard for the occasion of Shab-e-Baraat.