Terror attack: Juvenile Jail superintendent killed in Model Colony

DSP Shah had survived two attacks allegedly by his nephews in the past, says family.

Our Correspondent September 14, 2013
DSP Shah hailed from Sehwan Sharif, which is around 255 kilometres away from Karachi. PHOTO: FILE


A superintendent of Juvenile Jail was shot dead in broad daylight in Model Colony on Saturday.

As per routine, 48-year-old DSP Abdul Hasnain Mumtaz Shah was on his way to Juvenile prisons when two armed motorcyclists targeted him near his residence in Surti Society. According to witnesses, two armed men wearing helmets intercepted the victim’s red Suzuki Khyber and shot him multiple times, killing him on the spot. The body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy.

The victim was serving at the Juvenile prisons for the last three years. Earlier, he had been posted at Karachi Central Jail and District Jail Malir. He was also provided with a security guard, but he was not present with him at the time of the incident.

“He was alone in the car as his security guard was on leave,” DSP Rustam Nawaz told The Express Tribune. “When he reached the corner of the street, armed men shot him twice in the head and then escaped.”

After the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak incident in which several militants escaped, the prisons in the entire province are facing serious threats by terrorists, especially by those belonging to banned outfits, including the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

DSP Shah hailed from Sehwan Sharif, which is around 255 kilometres away from Karachi. His family told The Express Tribune that victim had some property dispute with his nephews in his hometown. DSP Nawaz confirmed that, in the past, DSP Shah had survived two attacks allegedly by his nephews in Sehwan. Sehwan Sharif police had been told to provide details of the previous attacks. “We also suspected that he might have been killed over personal enmity, however, nothing can be confirmed until the investigations are finalised,” said DSP Nawaz.

On the other hand, Sindh Jails IGP Nusrat Mangan termed DSP Shah’s assassination an act of terrorism. “We can beef-up security at the prisons, but to provide security to individuals is not possible,” said IGP Mangan while talking to The Express Tribune. “I believe it was not an attack due to a personal enmity, but an act of terrorism.” No case was registered till the filing of this story.

Earlier, on June 22, Karachi Central Jail came under attack when armed men lobbed two cracker bombs at it, injuring two policemen.

In September 2012, a jailer, Abdul Razzak Abbasi, and his assistant superintendent, Pir Masood, were gunned down near NIPA Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal when they were going home. Some members of a banned outfit were arrested by the Crime Investigation Department over the killings later.

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


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