College principal among four fall prey to violence in city

Staff Report

KARACHI: Four people, including vice principal of Jinnah Polytechnic College (JPC), were killed in separate acts of sectarian killing and violence in different parts of the city on Tuesday.

Vice principal of JPC Imran Zaidi, 48, a resident of North Karachi, Sector 11-A, was going home in his car from the college when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, opened indiscriminate fire on him near Matriculation Board office within the limits of North Nazimabad police station, leaving him seriously injured.

The culprits fled after swift operation. The injured was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

SP Tanveer Alam Odho said the police had recovered four empty shells of 9mm pistol from the scene and according to eyewitness, both culprits wore helmets. He said initially, police believed that sectarian killing was the motive behind the incident, but police was investigating the case from other angles. Later police handed over the body to the family. The victim was the father of two children.

Tension gripped several areas of the city, including Rizvia, Malir Jaffar Tayyar Society, Ancholi, Abbas Town and other areas, where heavy contingents of police were deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen leader Maulana Ali Anwar has strongly condemned the killing of Zaidi and said that around 23 Shias were killed in the city this year but the government had failed to arrest any killer. No case was registered till filing the report.

In another incident, a drug addict was shot dead and other injured at a ground near Mujtaba Mosque, Korangi, within the limits of Awami Colony police station. The incident took place in Korangi, Sector 35.

Shaukat, 55, and Imran, 40, were sitting at the ground near Mujtaba Mosque, where two armed men opened fire on them, resultantly both received serious bullet injuries. They were sent to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where Shaukat succumbed to his injuries.

SHO Javed Brohi said the victim was the resident of same area where incident occurred and he was taking a drug with his friend when unidentified men targeted them, adding that the victim family did not show doubt over any one but police believed that the victim’s accomplices might be involved in his murder. Police have registered a case against unidentified men.

In yet another incident, a man was shot dead at a shop within the limits of Sachal police station. The incident took place at Fancy View area where two armed men shot dead Zarat Gul, 55. The body was shifted to JPMC for medico-legal formalities.

SHO Azhar Ali Iqbal said the victim was the resident of Gulshan-e-Maymar and used to run heavy vehicles machinery. “He was the father of four children and his family said that he had enmity with his relatives in tribal area,” said the SHO. Later, police handed over his body to the heirs.

Separately, police found body of a young man from the roof of a building in Ranchore Line within the precincts of Eidgah police station. Twenty-six-year-old Ismail, was the resident of Ranchore Line.

DSP Zahid Siddiqui said the victim was missing since Monday night after exchanging hot words with his family. The officer said the motive of death was yet to be ascertained and he had some torture marks. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for postmortem and later handed over to his family. The victim was unmarried and was working in a private company. No case was registered till filing the report.

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