KARACHI: The deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi shows no signs of getting better. On Wednesday, two people lost their lives in a hand grenade attack in Dalmia and six others were killed in separate incidents in different parts of the city.
At least two people were killed and 11 others were injured on Wednesday when armed men lobbed a grenade at a police vehicle as it was entering Mujahid Colony in Dalmia, said the Aziz Bhatti police. As a result, 40-year-old Shakila and 30-year-old Abdul Waheed were critically wounded. They were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where they succumbed to their injuries. DSP Pervez Iqbal Bhatti said that the culprits also held a police constable, Naveed, hostage at gunpoint and took him to their hideout. The law enforcers called for back-up and cordoned off the entire locality. They conducted a search operation and managed to rescue the abducted constable. They also apprehended at least six armed men and took them to the police station for questioning.
A heavy contingent of law enforcers later reached the blast site to collect evidence and prevent any further mishaps from occurring. The injured people, identified as Naseeb Gul, 40, Safdar, 20, Siraj, 21, Mohammad Junaid, 18, Shehzad, 7, Rustam, 10, Sultan, 12, Sunny, 5, Faisal, 8, police constable Naveed, 40, and sub-inspector Mashooq, 50, were treated at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and JPMC. No case has been registered as yet.
In an unrelated incident, a 35-year-old woman, identified as Sanjeeda Begum, was shot and killed inside her house in Korangi, said the Zaman Town police. The victim had four children. SHO Dilawar Jhokio said that the motive behind the killing has yet to be ascertained. In another incident, a man was gunned down near Allah Wali Chowrangi, within the jurisdiction of the New Karachi Industrial Area police station. DSP Mohammad Akhtar said that the victim, identified as 26-year-old Zohaib Ikram, used to work at a garments factory and was sitting outside it when the culprits shot him.
Another man, identified as Qadeer, was shot dead near Radio Pakistan, within the jurisdiction of the Preedy police station.
The body of a young man was found in a gunny bag near Baghdadi police line, said the Kalri police. The victim had been shot in the head and his hands and legs were tied. The body was taken to Civil Hospital for medico-legal formalities and then shifted to the Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth for identification.
Another body was found within the jurisdiction of the Brigade police station. Law enforcers said that the man had been kidnapped before being killed and the motive behind the incident can only be ascertained after he is identified.
The body of an unidentified man was found in a gunny bag from Ramswami of Old City area.
A relative and aide of Muttahida Qaumi Movement MNA Haider Abbasi Rizvi was injured in firing near his house on Abul Hassan Isphani Road. The victim, identified as Zeeshan aka Shan aka Shani, was taken to JPMC, where doctors said that his condition was stable.
In an unrelated incident, three people were shot and injured on Lasbella Road. The victims, whose identities have yet to be ascertained, were taken to Civil Hospital for treatment.
Karachi Building Control Authority’s director for Jamshed Town, Safdar Magsi and his driver, Abdul Sattar, were injured near Old Sabzi Mandi, said the PIB Colony police. Magsi was travelling in his car when unidentified men on a motorcycle intercepted and shot at his car. The injured men were taken to the Liaquat National Hospital.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2012.