KARACHI: A police official was shot dead and an SHO wounded during an alleged encounter with criminals in the posh Defence Housing Authority (DHA) neighbourhood on Sunday.
The encounter reportedly took place in the Tauheed Commercial Area when police personnel, including Clifton SHO Chaudhry Shahid, were patrolling in a private vehicle following an increase in incidents of street crime in the area.
According to police sources, the SHO and his team tried to intercept two unidentified suspects on a motorcycle, upon which the suspects opened fire at them. The police retaliated but the suspects managed to flee.
As a result of the firing, SHO Shahid and head constable Hidayatullah Niazi were injured. They were rushed to South City Hospital, where the head constable succumbed to his injuries.
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Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal and Inspector-General of Police Allah Dino Khowaja took notice of the incident, asking South DIG Azad Khan to submit a report. They both also visited the hospital to enquire about the health of the injured SHO. The home minister and IG lauded the efforts of the martyred cop and injured SHO and announced compensation and reward money them respectively.
Funeral prayers for the deceased head constable were offered at the Police Headquarters, Garden. Siyal, IG Khowaja, Karachi AIG Mushtaq Mahar and other senior officials attended Niazi's funeral. The home minister assured the martyred official's family of full support by the police department.