SUKKUR: After the armed clashes in Khairpur where a man died and three others were injured on Sunday, the police have arrested five suspects.
The fight between members of the Shia and Sunni communities broke out on Muharram 10 in Kolab Jeal town within the jurisdiction of Tando Masti police station. The argument initially broke out over objectionable slogans from one community. As the men started beating each other up, the other members called for backup.
In the resulting exchange of fire, Noor Hassan Abro died, while Akhtar Abro, Tanveer Sahito and Saddam Lanjvani were injured. They were taken to the Civil hospital.
On Monday, members of the deceased’s community held a protest near Kolab Jeal. They laid down his body on the road and shouted slogans against the culprits. The protesters also demanded SP Headquarter Akbar Wagan and Tando Masti SHO Darya Khan Jatoi to step down. The newly posted Khairpur SSP Irfan Mukhtiar Bhutto negotiated with the protesters and managed to send them back.
After the blockade ended, Noor Hassan was laid to rest in Pir Dinal Shah graveyard.
Tando Masti police have registered a case against 10 persons on the complaint of Pehalwan Abro. According to Allah Rakhiyo Rind, who is the head constable, Mushtaq Ali Abro, Niaz Ali Abro, Aijaz Ali Abro, Ali Khan Abro, Imdad Abro, Ghulam Asghar Abro, Shamshad Abro, Gulshan Abro, Abdul Qadir Abro and Abdul Malik Panhwar were named in the FIR. The police have arrested five of the suspects, he said, declining to disclose their names.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2012.