Anti-encroachment drive protester killed

Heirs hold police responsible for tragic incident

Our Correspondent March 17, 2022
The anti-encroachment operation aims to provide relief to residents visiting markets. PHOTO: INP


A man named Taj Muhammad died of bullet injury sustained during an operation against encroachment in Gulshan-e-Maymar Abbas Goth.

Family members and residents staged a sit-in on the Northern Bypass, suspending traffic. During the protest, both tracks of the Northern Bypass were closed, disrupting the traffic flow and causing long queues and the worst traffic jams.

Meanwhile, enraged people burnt tyres and demanded to arrest the perpetrators.

The victim's heirs claim that Malir Development Authority was carrying out an anti-encroachment drive in their area, when the local staged protest, police opened fire.

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As a result, Taj Muhammad was seriously injured and died. The protesters said that the sit-in would continue until the police officers responsible for the firing were arrested.

The police reached the spot on the protest and started negotiating to end the sit-in with the protesters. However, protesters refused to end their sit-ins and chanted slogans to support their demands.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2022.


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