Thursday, August 6, 2009

Imambargah’s caretaker shot dead in Orangi

A 47-year-old caretaker of an Imambargah was gunned down on Wednesday near his house in Raees Amrohvi Colony, a locality in Section 11½ of Orangi Town.

The Iqbal Market police said that the victim, Imran Ali Bangash, son of Akbar Ali Bangash, was shot dead by two attackers on as many motorcycles at around 11.15am near Riaz More.

They said that the victim, the father of four, was the caretaker of Salman Farsi Imambargah in the locality and worked as a watchman at a chemical factory in Site.

The police said that the victim was going to buy medicines for his ailing wife when he was ambushed.

Tension and panic gripped the locality as enraged people burnt old tyres on the streets and pelted vehicular traffic with stones in protest over the targeted killing.

However, a heavy contingent of police and Rangers rushed to the troubled parts of Orangi Town and brought the situation under control.

Later, the body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where sources in the medico-legal section told Dawn that the victim was hit by seven bullets. They said that the victim was also shot to his head from a very close range and the wound proved fatal.

The police registered a case (FIR 226/2009) against unidentified assailants under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the victim’s brother, Habib.

The police said that they secured five spent bullet casings of a TT pistol from the crime-scene.

Young man shot dead

A 21-year-old man was shot dead and his friend wounded by unidentified attackers near Mateen Complex on the National Highway in the jurisdiction of the Shah Latif police station.

The body and the wounded man were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where the deceased and the injured victim were identified as Abdur Rehman, son of Mohammed Jamal, and Shahid Ali, son of Haider Ali, respectively.

Sources at the hospital’s medico-legal section told Dawn that Rehman was hit by three bullets, one each in the chest, head and right ankle. They said that the wounded man was hit by a bullet in the abdomen and was still in a precarious condition.

The police said that both the victims were residents of Ammar Yasir Colony, a locality near Jinnah Square in Malir Colony.

The deceased’s brother, Nauman, told police that Shahid, a worker at a garment factory in Malir Colony, was the friend of his brother who was jobless.

He said that Shahid had arranged a job for his brother in his factory and he took Rehman from their house at around 9am to the factory.

However, the victim’s brother said, the two friends did not reach the factory and later the family was informed of the incident.

Quoting the deceased’s brother, the police said that the young man was not associated with any political or religious party. However, the police said that the wounded man was a supporter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

They said that no case was registered till late as the victim’s family was busy in funeral