KARACHI: A rickshaw driver committed suicide in Korangi after killing his wife and young stepdaughter, while injuring another inside their house on Wednesday, according to the police.
The man, identified as 45-year-old Ahmed Ali, son of Ataullah, opened fire on members of his family, killing his wife Suriya Begum, 37, and stepdaughter Ayesha, 15, in Hassan Jut Ilyas Goth of Korangi within the limits of the Ibrahim Hyderi police station. His other stepdaughter, eight-year-old Rida was injured in the incident. Officials said the man later committed suicide.
Neighbours gathered after hearing the gunshots but could not enter the house as the door was locked. When they broke the lock and stormed the house, the neighbours found the victims lying in pools of blood.
The neighbours immediately informed the police as well as volunteers from welfare associations, who arrived and transported the victims to the hospital. Unfortunately, the couple and teenager died on the way to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Rida, however, was admitted with life threatening injuries.
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SHO Nazeer Chandio said Ali married Suriya around six years ago, adding that she had two daughters from a previous marriage. “Suriya and her daughters lived with Ali at his home,” the officer explained. He said the couple frequently fought, adding that Ali borrowed a pistol from someone and, after locking the door from inside, fired at his wife and daughters and then shot himself in the head.
The police said the deceased woman had approached the court about a week-and-a-half ago to obtain a divorce from her husband due to ‘family disputes’.
The officer said that Ali had insisted Suriya not approach the court in this regard and left their house about a week ago after his wife did not agree with him. “He [Ali] returned home early Wednesday morning after getting a pistol from someone. He insisted his wife retrieve the divorce appeal from the court and pulled out a gun after Suriya did not agree with him,” the officer explained, quoting the initial investigation.
SHO Chandio said the police waiting for Rida to record her statement. The police also claim to have recovered the pistol used in the incident. The bodies were handed over to their relatives for burial process. A case has been registered and further investigations are under way.
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