Mirpurkhas: Young man, constable killed in raids, clash with villagers
MIRPURKHAS: A young man and a police constable were killed when police surrounded a village, apparently in pursuit of dacoits, and faced armed resistance from local residents in Basham Brohi village within the remit of the Sindhri police station in Mirpurkhas district on Sunday. Station House Officer of the Dilber Maher police station Sadiq Dars said that a strong contingent of police was sent to the village on a tip-off about presence of some dacoits there. He said that raids were carried out at various places within the village to arrest the dacoits but villagers armed with clubs and automatic weapons attacked the police party. He gave no further details, and said that no case was registered against the attackers.
However, the villagers stated that the police attacked their houses at the behest of an influential landowner, who had an old land dispute with some residents of the area.
Balach Brohi, Asghar Brohi and Farooque Brohi told the media that over 60 police mobiles, trucks and armoured personnel carrier surrounded the village and cordoned off all entry/exit points before carrying out raids on various houses. They alleged that the police opened fire on some villagers wounding several people, including women. The villagers, they said, retaliated by hitting the police vehicles with clubs and stones and some of them also used guns to repulse the police attack.
Reports from the area said that all the wounded victims were taken to the Civil Hospital Mirpurkhas and two of them, Dilmurad, 17, son of Abdul Qadir Brohi, and constable Akbar Shah, were referred to the Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad, due to their precarious condition. Both the seriously wounded persons succumbed to their wounds at the hospital, the reports said.
The constable belonged to the Sukkur police and was sent to Mirpurkhas on a special duty under the Muharram security plan.
The villagers stated that they faced great hardship in transporting the wounded victims to the civil hospital due to the police cordon, adding that the police force drawn from various stations had also blocked the main Sindhri-Mirpurkhas road. They accused the police of brutally beating up men, women and children during their operation carried out “at the behest of the landowner”. They said the dispute between some Brohi villagers and the landowner, whom they identified as ‘Junejo’, involved 222 acres of land. They alleged that the landowner had been using the police and other law-enforcement agencies personnel against his rivals in the dispute over the past few months.
Civil hospital sources identified the wounded victims being provided treatment as Imdad, Abdul Qadeer, Ms Nazia, Naseem Begum, Mohammad Mureed, Basheer Ahmed, Abdul Wahid, Ghulam Mohammad and Mohammad Siddique — all Brohis by caste.