Another five killed in Karachi as violence continues
03 September, 2012
KARACHI: Five more people, including a member of the Katchi Rabita Committee (KRC), were killed in separate acts of violence on Sunday.
The KRC member was killed near Native Jetty Bridge, within the precincts of Jackson police station last night.
SHO Mushtaq Shah said that unidentified gunmen opened fire on a motorcyclist, who was identified as 24-year-old Younis Katchi, son of Abu Bakar Katchi, near Native Jetty Bridge. He sustained three fatal bullet wounds and was immediately taken to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medical treatment, where doctors pronounced him dead.
He said the deceased lived at Jumma Baloch Road, New Kalri, Lyari.
KRC spokesman Sultan Mandhro informed our sources that Younis was the younger brother of the Katchi Memon Community president and in-charge of a KRC joint unit. He said the victim had some disputes and that police suspected that some Lyari gangsters were behind the killing.
After the incident, residents of Agra Taj and neighbouring areas took to streets and held a sit-in to protest the killing. They kept Maripur Road blocked for at least 24 hours.
The protesters burnt tyres to express their anger, which blocked traffic in the area, while commuters remained stuck in the traffic jam for hours. Some large vehicles remained stranded for at least twenty-four hours. Some transporters said armed men robbed them during the massive traffic jam. A large number of people going to Hawks Bay and other beaches also faced consequences of traffic jam. The protesters demanded arrest of those involved in the murder.
Meanwhile, the KRC announced to end the protest after getting assurance from police authorities that the accused would be brought to justice as early as possible. It is pertinent to mention that police disappeared form the scene during the protest.
In a separate incident, the owner of a milk shop was gunned down in the Usmanabad area, within the vicinity of Garden police station. Officials said the victim, Qasim, 35, son of Ghulam Sarwar, was sitting in his milk shop when armed men opened indiscriminate fire on him. Qasim received multiple bullets and died on the spot. The body was shifted to the CHK for medico-legal formalities.
In another incident, police found body of a young man from the Siddiq Wahab Road area, within the limits of Garden police station. The body was taken to the CHK, where the deceased was identified as Akhtar, 32, son of Ghulam Rasool. Police officials said the deceased was the brother-in-law of the slain Lyari gangster Rehman Dakait's closed aide Nazeer Bala. Nazeer and two more of his companions and Rehman Dakait were killed in an alleged encounter on August 2009.
As Akhtar's body reached Lyari, a number of people gathered near Cheel Chowk and staged a protest against his murder. They urged the law enforcement agencies to arrest the culprits. The protesters also set tyres on fire and blocked the road.
A handcuffed 14-days-old decomposed body of a man was recovered from Lyari Naddi within the jurisdiction of Pak Colony police station. Police said that locals of the area informed them that a body stuffed in a bag was lying on the bank of Lyari Naddi.
Police shifted the body to the CHK for an autopsy. The body was at least 14 days old and its identity was yet to be ascertained, police said, adding that it had been moved to a morgue for identification.
A tortured body of a eunuch was found near Sohrab Goth Bridge within the limits of Sohrab Goth police station.