Karachi: Cop injured as bank robbery foiled
KARACHI: While the police are usually on the receiving end of public criticism, a constable of the force showed that there are some law enforcers who are still dedicated to their duties and put their lives on the line. In his bid to foil a robbery at the Metropolitan Bank near Hassan Square, Constable Jamal Din suffered bullet wounds when he tried to intercept the bandits. At least five armed men had arrived at the scene in a Suzuki van and when they tried to enter the bank, the constable stood in their way. The gunmen drew their weapons and fired at the cop, who retaliated. The shootout, which lasted about 20 minutes, resulted in injuries to the policeman.
The private security guards deployed at the bank – Ayaz and Muhammad Akhtar – ran for their lives and left the constable lying in a pool of blood. The Station House Officer of Aziz Bhatti told The News that neither did the bank staff help the injured constable, nor did they inform the police about the incident. Jamal Din lay in agony for 20 minutes and it was not until a lady at the scene hailed a cab that the policeman could be transported to the hospital.
The cab driver rushed the victim to the Liaquat National Hospital in a critical condition. The Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) awarded the Pakistan Police Medal to the constable along with Rs 20,000 reward. The Aziz Bhatti police, meanwhile, arrested security guards Ayaz and Muhammad Akhtar.