Old enmity: Armed clash leaves two dead, four injured

Ownership of a plot has been a source of contention between two feuding groups.

Our Correspondent June 01, 2015

SUKKUR: An armed clash between two groups of the Pathan community claimed two lives and left four injured in New Goth, within the limits of the A-Section police station, on Sunday night.

Since 2011, two groups from the local Pathan community were involved in a dispute regarding the ownership of a plot of land in New Goth. On Sunday night, after a heated exchange, armed men from both the groups opened fire, resulting in the immediate death of Abdullah Pathan and Dilbar Pathan. Four others, Khalil Pathan, Nawab Pathan, Ahsan Pathan and Daulat Pathan were injured and shifted to Civil Hospital, Sukkur.

A large contingent of police arrived at the scene and brought the situation under control. A-Section police have registered two separate FIRs against more than a dozen persons from both groups but no arrest has been made as yet.

Police sources claimed that the groups have been at loggerheads since 2011 and armed clashes between the two have claimed five lives. Sources in the area said that both the groups are involved in the drug trade and clashes between the groups are not uncommon as they fight for control of the area.

Sukkur SSP Tanveer Hussain Tunio said, however, that both the groups were at war over a plot, due to which three men had been killed earlier.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2015.


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