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Five of a family killed in Karachi Cantt Station area

01 March, 2012

People gather at a house wherefrom dead bodies of five members of a family were found at Cantt area in Karachi.
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KARACHI: Five members of a family, including three women, were stabbed to death at their house near Cantt Station within the jurisdiction of Saddar police station on Wednesday.

Police have recovered the bodies of five members of the family from their house and sealed the house. They suspected that the culprits behind the incident apparently tried to change the nature of the incident to show it as an act of robbery bid.

The deceased include two men, two women and a teenage girl. The house where the ill-fated family brutally killed is situated at Askari III near Cantt Station. The deceased included Arif Yousuf, 68, his wife Zainab, 60, son Zubair, 38, daughter-in-law Aliya and granddaughter Rida, 14.

The tragedy disclosed when the man working as a driver arrived at the victim's house to pick Rida up for the school but he returned after nobody responded from inside the house, while knocking the door constantly. Police officials while quoting the driver said that later he approached Arif's daughter who also resides in the same residency. Following this, Arif's daughter and a son-in-law came to the house and found the family members dead after they managed to enter the house with the help of a key they have.

They found Zainab and Aliya lying dead on the bed and Arif and Zubair on the floor while Rida's body was lying at her room.

Later, they informed the police about the tragedy. Reacting on the information, the police and ambulances from different welfare associations rushed to scen and shifted the bodies to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.

According to a senior lady medico-legal officer Dr Rohina, the initial medical report suggested that all the victims were killed with the same object and apparently, the local knife was used in the killings. She said that Zubair, Aliya and their daughter apparently gave stiff resistance to the killers as they had several marks of knife stabs.

MLO said that they were killed early in the morning. There were some reports that the victims were given poison before killing but the doctors said that the samples for the examination report had been sent to the laboratory for further examination. DIG South Commandant Shaukat Ali Shah, SSP Naeem Sheikh and SP Tariq Dharejo also reached the site. According to police officials, they have sealed the house and also collected evidences from the crime scene to conduct the probe into the case. They said that they were unable to ascertain the motive behind the incident as the investigation was in initial phase while the initial investigation suggested that two or more than two culprits were behind murdering the people.

SSP Sheikh said that the crime scene suggested that the culprits killed the victims over resistance but the initial investigation suggested that they did it to change the nature of the incident.

He further said that the police was also verifying that either any thing disappeared from the house or not as in this regard, the police was getting help from victim Arif's daughter. SSP Sheikh said that the police had also detained the driver and the male housemaid on the suspicious of being involved in the tragedy. Police sources said that they had also recovered knife used in the killings but officially, the discovery of the knife was not disclosed. Police sources said that Aliya used to teach at a private school in Clifton while Arif used to run a factory in New Karachi locality but presently, he had no business. Zubair was not mentally fit after he ended his call centre.

Presently, Arif's other son Irfan who is abroad and Aliya were the only persons who were running the house. The family belongs to Bawani community and hailed from India. Aliya's brother Arshad also reached the site following the incident. He said that he arrived at the house to visit his sister a week ago, adding that the family did not inform him about any possible tragedy. He said that the family had no personal enmity with anyone. The family was living in the said house since the last 10 years.

Saddar police have registered an FIR No 62/2012 under section 302/34 against unidentified men on the complaint of victim's son-in-law Umer. SHO Tassawar Ameer said police had also detained two men Liaquat and Bahadur Khan who worked at the victim's house.

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