Aug 24, 2010

Sindh: At Least Two Flood Victim Killed By Police Gunfire

Sindhi flood victims seeking refuge in a local apartment building, who have been accused of being land grabbers, were attacked by local police attempting to oust them. The ensuing cross-fire between flood victims and local authorities has led to the unfortunate deaths of two and injuries inflicted upon at least 11 others. 


Below is an article published by: Daily Times

At least two people were killed and 14 including three police personnel wounded in cross firing between law enforcers and alleged land grabbers near Safoora Chowk in the Sachal police limits on Monday.

The clash took place between Jeay Sindh Tehreek (JST) members and the police when the law enforcers arrived at the Chapel Sun City apartments and bungalows to evacuate the land grabbers.

More contingent of law enforcers were called in following the resistance by alleged land grabbers and the ensuing exchange of fire claimed the lives of two people while eleven others and three law enforcers including Gulshan-e-Iqbal SHO Asif Munawar were wounded.

The deceased and the injured were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) while the police officers were shifted to a private hospital, where doctors termed their conditions stable.

The deceased were identified as Qamber Ali Soomro and Ayaz while the injured as Abdul Rehman Jatoi, Sanaullah Jatoi, Faryal Shah, Abdul Kareem, Raja Ramzan, Ghulam Jaffer, Sohrab Sarki, Abdul Wahab, Dhani Bux Soomro, Tariq Ali Jatoi, Manzur Wasi and Haji Bux. The police have detained over 20 persons including the injured.

During the gun battle, armed men in the area set ablaze a booking office of the apartments and two passenger buses including one of route no G-17 bearing registration number JE-1075.

Police officials said that JST members had occupied apartments in the guise of flood victims and when the police reached the site, the culprits attacked the law enforcers with heavy gunfire.

“Our SHO and two other policemen were wounded and we had to take action against them as the land grabbers continued their firing,” said the police officials. “We received several complaints from the affected residents as well as the project builder about the occupation there by the JST men and therefore the action was taken,” they added.

Sources in the police department informed that the police went there to launch an operation against the land mafia following the directives of the federal interior ministry.

JST Karachi President Noor Din Jamali said more than 3,000 flood victims were residing in the place and the police without any reason opened fire on them and killed two party activists while wounding around a dozen more.

“We are in Sindh and all Sindhis have the right to reside in Karachi as it comes within the Sindh province,” he said.

However, no case was registered until the filing of this story.

Police and Rangers have been deputed at the site for a possible operation at midnight to evacuate the land grabbers who were still present in the area.Jeay Sindh Tahreek (JST)