Attack on students: 65 students robbed on NED bus in Nazimabad

The culprits took away 24 cell phones from the students, says SSP Amir Farooqui.

Our Correspondent October 04, 2013
The culprits took away 24 cell phones from the students, says SSP Amir Farooqui. PHOTO: FILE


In the third consecutive incident on varsity buses, armed men intercepted a bus of NED University students near Nadria Chowk in Nazimabad No.1 and robbed 65 students on Friday.

On Friday, at least three armed men barged into the NED University bus when it stopped to pick up two students. The bus was on its way from Baldia Town to the varsity. Holding the students hostage at gunpoint, the robbers looted them and then fled the scene.

"They (culprits) were in a hurry," said district Central SSP Amir Farooqui while talking to The Express Tribune. "They just took away 24 cell phones from the students during the distance between Nadria Chowk and Nazimabad Underpass."

Following the incident, the students staged a protest and demanded that the law enforcers arrest the culprits and recover their valuables. They claimed that the robbers even snatched their laptops and cash.

"This is the third time a varsity bus has been robbed but the police remain unable to trace and arrest the culprits. They have failed to stop such incidents," lamented Mohammad Ehsan, a varsity student. Demanding a proper security system, he questioned who would be responsible if any student loses his life during any such incident in the future. On September 28, Jinnah University for Women students were looted on their varsity bus on Main University Road. On September 3, students of University of Karachi were deprived of their valuables when outlaws stormed into their bus on Banaras Flyover.

Around 50 students were robbed in each incident.

KU acting vice-chancellor Dr Abuzar Wajidi also deplored the incident. "It is a matter of serious concern. The law enforcers should evolve a strategy to stop such incidents."

Muttahida Qaumi Movement's leader and the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly Faisal Sabzwari also condemned the armed robbery on the bus. SSP Farooqui said that the growing incidents of armed robberies on student buses have put the police on alert and a proper investigations have been initiated. The police will probe if one group or separate gangs are behind such incidents. The police have received a lead and the culprits will be arrested soon, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2013.


kala_bacha | 8 years ago | Reply

So SSP Farroqi, the ammunition used by the culprit was made in India or Liyari or Balochistan or interior sindh. Karachi police and interior sindh ministry with CM (thugs) house is a joke.

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