Karachi: Guard killed in Golimar robbery bid
KARACHI: A private security guard was killed and a salesman wounded when a bandit opened indiscriminate fire on facing resistance from employees of a tiles shop in Golimar on Saturday, police said. They said two gunmen on a motorbike pulled up in front of HM Tiles, one of the several shops in Gulbahar and Golimar, and stormed into the shop. Before the people inside the shop sensed danger, the two pulled out pistols and held them hostage. “In the meantime, a private security guard of the shop, who was not noticed by the armed men while entering the shop in the congested area, took a position,” said DSP Rustam Khattak, the area’s sub–divisional police officer. “But the situation turned ugly when one of the bandits noticed the security guard and in panic fired shots indiscriminately. Bullets hit guard Khurram Irshad and salesman Raheel Ali while the two bandits sped away.”
The two wounded were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Khurram died, he said, adding that Raheel underwent surgery but was stated to be stable.
The incident sparked anger among the area traders who took to the streets and chanted slogans over the growing crime in their area and against the failure of the security administration to control the situation. Talks between senior police officials and leaders of the traders’ community helped disperse the protesters.
The police, however, ruled out extortion as a motive behind the incident, say it was purely a mugging attempt that turned violent due to resistance by the people inside the shop.
“I have talked to the shop owner, who denied any extortion threat and also sounded convinced that the two were robbers who had come to loot the shop,” added DSP Khattak.