Korangi residents rip apart police station


Nadeem Khan May 04, 2010

KARACHI: Outraged residents of Zaman Town, Korangi, not satisfied with burning down the Tasveer Mahal police check post and station, also demolished the building with the help of a tractor on Tuesday.

This deep-seated anger against the police was expressed after people found out that police officials had set two robbers, caught by the residents of the area, free in return for money. The robbers, a man and a woman, were caught as they were leaving a house they had looted. The residents handed them over to the police who allegedly set them free after accepting a bribe.

The police also locked up the plaintiff. When the news spread, residents surrounded the police station and attacked the officials, injuring two policemen. Unable to control the crowd, the police ran away after which the crowd set the plaintiff free and set fire to the police station. Police records as well as five motorcycles parked outside the station were also brunt. The mob also stole at least four SMGs and other ammunition. Another contingent of police sent to the area to control the situation also fled when it came under attack.

They first fired in the air and charged the crowd with batons but when people retaliated by attacking them and their cars with stones, they left the area. The crowd then stopped a Korangi Town tractor and used it to demolish the station, which took three hours. Two Rangers mobiles were called in and they finally managed to break up the crowd. Those involved in the rioting ran away and hid from lawenforcement officials. Residents, however, have said that their protest has not ended.

They said that they were tired of dealing with corrupt police officials and would not allow a check post or station to be re-established in the area. People also complained that the police had never made them feel protected and had instead created problems for them by their corrupt ways. They accused the police of extorting money from people whose houses were under construction and said that written applications and complaints against robberies in the last one year in the area went unheeded.

They said that they had tried to complain about the police’s ineffectiveness which also did not result in a change. Meanwhile, SP Korangi as well as other police officials refused to comment on the situation, saying that they were investigating the matter. They did, however, say that action would be taken against officials found guilty of taking bribes. Legal proceedings would also be initiated against those who destroyed the police station, officials said.

COMMENTS (3)

Taz | 10 years ago | Reply The police deserved everything they got, and they should get more. The duty of the police is to enforce the laws and protect the liberty and life of the people. The people in the village found 2 robbers. Did the police do their duty? No, they do what Pakis are good for. They took a bribe. Did they remand the suspects to legal proceedings? Did they keep the men in jail? No, they took a bribe and let the suspects go. Now the robbers are loose again. They let guys who stole from people, whom the villagers caught, back to freedom, possibly to rob again. What would a sensible villager do? After YEARS of abuse from police, and the police think they are the big phane-khans of the world, and the police themselves are criminals, they remain derelict in their duties. Hell yeah the police deserved to be attacked by the people whom they are supposed to protect. How much more are the people of Pakistan supposed to take? Nothing goes right for them. They can't even get a driver's license without giving a bribe, and even that is seen as giving the requester a favor. I hope that all these vaderos who abuse the average folk get more than just their buildings taken down. Inshallah, let more people be more brave and force the people in authority carry out their duty.
YASIR | 10 years ago | Reply i think this is a police chowki(check post)not police station
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