Fervour leads to deadly consequences

As the clock struck midnight, youngsters took to the streets and started firing rounds of ammunition.


Our Correspondent August 14, 2013
As the clock struck midnight, youngsters took to the streets and started firing rounds of ammunition. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI:


The Independence Day celebrations took an ugly turn for a number of households as their loved ones sustained injuries during the celebratory gunfire that resonated across the city.


As the clock struck midnight, youngsters took to the streets and started firing rounds of ammunition. Little had they imagined that their actions would cause injuries to over 60 unsuspecting people and also lead to the death of a teenage boy.  With emergency declared at all public-sector hospitals across the city, most of the injured were shifted to the JPMC for treatment. “A total of 41 injured, mostly youngsters, were brought to our hospital,” JPMC’s joint executive director, Dr Seemin Jamali, told The Express Tribune. “A young boy succumbed to his injuries during medical treatment.”

Additionally, 19 injured were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital while four others, including a traffic police warden, were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi.

The deceased, Subhan, 30, son of Abdul Hussain, became a victim of the aerial firing. “My nephew was standing outside the function being organised by the people of the area to commemorate Independence Day,” the victim’s aunt, Hina Bibi, told The Express Tribune. “The people present there suddenly started aerial firing in which Subhan sustained the bullet wounds.” The family has nominated their neighbour, Wajahat, son of Abdul Ghaffar, in the FIR No. 141/13 registered at the Landhi police station.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2013.

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