KARACHI: The police believe that Tuesday night's attack on a police van in Korangi was premeditated and was carried out according to plan.
As a reprimand, police officials have suspended DSP Shahjahan Baloch and SHO Ejaz Rajper over the incident in which an ASI was killed and three constables were injured by six men on three motorcycles. The incident took place around 11pm, when six men on three motorcycles opened fire with 9mm pistols and sub machineguns at a police van belonging to Awami Colony police station, Korangi. The policemen were doing their routine patrol and were on their way to Korangi No.5 from Korangi No. 4 when they were attacked. ASI Muhammad Ibrahim, 48, died on the spot while head constable Idrees and two constables, Akhbar and Imran, were injured.
The injured policemen were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where the head constable was said to be in a critical condition and was being kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit.
The deceased ASI was a resident of Mehran Town, Korangi and leaves behind a wife and three sons. He joined the police force in 1988 and was posted to the Awami Colony police station a couple of years ago. The funeral prayers were offered near his residence. The family took the body to his hometown, Sargodha, for the burial.
The police suspect that the attack might have been a reaction to the military operation in North Waziristan, and the ongoing Karachi operation against militants.
ASI Ibrahim's cousin, sub-inspector Nawaz Jatoi, who is also posted at the Awami Colony police station, quoted the injured constables as saying that three assailants in shalwar kameez opened fire at their mobile from different angles. He added that they were apparently members of a banned outfit.
Empty bullet shells found at the crime scene were sent to the forensics department for examination.
The police have registered FIR No. 243/14 on behalf of Nawaz Jatoi against six unidentified people and have initiated further investigation. No arrests were made till the filing of this report.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2014.