Karachi: 65 policemen killed this year: ASI shot dead in Kunwari Colony
KARACHI: Only a day after a police constable had been shot dead in a targeted attack in North Nazimabad, an assistant sub–inspector was gunned down near his home in Kunwari Colony on Thursday, bringing the number of police officials killed in the city during the current year to 65. While many of the cases have remained unsolved, the city police chief cited a variety of reasons for the unending wave of policemen’s killings including their proactive approach in policing, personal enmity and their association with the investigation of heinous crimes.
ASI Shahjehan, 45, was sprayed with bullets near his Kunwari Colony residence situated close to the terminal of F-11 route minibuses, said a duty officer of the Pirabad police station.
He quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the attackers just walked away after opening fire on him in the street. The official sustained a dozen of gunshot wounds and died on the spot, he added.
The police investigators collected more than a dozen spent bullet casings of 9mm and 30-bore pistols from the crime scene.
Pirabad SHO Ashfaque Baloch said that the ASI had been posted at the Manghopir police station before he was transferred to the motor transport department in Orangi Town a month ago.
“The killing seemed related to the recent killings of the policemen in the Manghopir area,” he said.
He quoted some eyewitnesses as saying that the attackers had beards and long hair. They disappeared into the streets of Kunwari Colony following the shooting, he added.
The ASI was father of four and hailed from Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the police.
The body was later shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
It is noteworthy that only within the remit of the Pirabad and Manghopir police stations, at least 11 policemen have been gunned down over the past few months.
Additional Inspector–General Iqbal Mehmood, the city police chief, said that most policemen were being targeted for their proactive approach in the policing, while some were investigating cases of heinous crime. He added that factors such as personal enmity or connivance in some criminal activity could not be ignored in such cases.