Major Riots in Karachi

9 killed,150 hurt as riots break out in city

* 20 vehicles including water tankers, rickshaws and motorcycles set ablaze


By Jamil Khan | KARACHIcrime-4


NINE people were killed, more than 150 were injured and dozens of vehicles were set ablaze. Out of the nine, three were killed on Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan, including Muhammad Ali, Rafiullah and Mukhtar. Najeeb was killed in Mochko, Babar in DeSilva area, Qari Syed Feroz near the Board Office bus-stop, Mukhtar was killed near Tanki Stop in Malir and bodies of Bakht Zada s/o Gul Muhammad and Pir Akbar s/o Azal Khan reached late night at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

The worst affected areas were Banaras, Orangi Town, Qasba Colony, Baldia, Ittehad Town, Sohrab Goth, Pak Colony, Gurumandir, Patel Para, Nagan Chowrangi, Gulistan-e-Johar, Malir, Quaidabad and surrounding areas, where heavy contingents of police and Rangers were deployed to restore the law and order situation.

Officials at the Qatar Hospital, Orangi Town confirmed that bodies of three victims and over 104 injured were brought from Banaras and adjoining areas including half a dozen injured women with torn clothes.

More than three-dozen injured were also taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment. “The majority of the people were those fleeing from the Site industries as they were targeted by a mob. “ We also suffered baton lashes,” they said.

The riots started from Banaras, early on Saturday, when a driver and conductor of a local route were thrashed by a mob in Mosa Colony. As a result the aggravated locals started firing and resorted to violence.

The riots spread like bush fire, engulfing surrounding areas where groups of angry protesters pelted stones and fired at cars, setting fire to many vehicles. Two rickshaws and motorcycles were burned at Pak Colony, two buses and two motorcycles in Ittehad Town, two tankers at Nagan Chowrangi and one water tanker in Qasba Morr. The violence also resulted in shops closing and business activities and public transport coming to a halt. DSP Orangi Ramzan Gopang told Daily Times that even after the riots ended in the evening, business activities did not resumed and traffic flow was very low. DIG North Nazimabad Abdul Aleem Jaffery confirmed that four people were killed on Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan in Nazimabad and many more were injured.

Traffic not moving on various roads: The violence which spread throughout the city also caused massive traffic jams on various major thoroughfares as people were trying to get home as soon as possible. The major thoroughfares such as M A Jinnah Road, Rashid Minhas Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Abdullah Haroon Road, Sir Shah Suleman Road across Civic Center to Site Industrial Area, Jehangir Road and linking roads were packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic as the news about riots flashed on different private TV channels. In the absence of public transport vehicles including buses, mini-buses, coaches, taxis and rickshaws, commuters were stranded on the main thoroughfares and preferred to use inner lanes to reach their destinations.

12 SHOs transferred: On CCPO Wasim Ahmed’s directives, a total of 12 Station House Officers (SHO) were transferred on Saturday. Sources in the police department confirmed that the transferred officers were Inspector Khua Bux appointed at Gadap, Inspector Asif Jakhrani at Mauripur, Inspector Ghaffar Jummani at Gizri, Inspector Sohail Akhter at Al Falah, Rana Sadiq at Farer, Inspector Nayyarul Haq at Sukhan, Inspector Muhammad Akram at Saudabad, Inspector Shaukat Raza at the Docks, Inspector Ijaz Rajpar at Maumar, Inspector Shabbir Hussain at Mobina Town, Zulqarnain at Gulberg and Tanveer Murad at Sohrab Goth.

– Published in Daily Times | Nov 30, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on November 30, 2008.

One Response to “Major Riots in Karachi”

  1. it is really upseting man. feeling so upset that now we are forced to see such happening on the land of Sufis

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