KE driver shot dead, three others killed

* Independent agency sought to evaluate actual crime rate

KARACHI: Four persons were killed and five others injured in incidents of violence on Tuesday. According to Saeedabad Police Station SHO, unidentified accused opened fire on a K-Electric truck near Grid Station at Saeedabad Sector 8/B. Resultantly, driver Shabir (45) was killed while Ashfaq (35) and Ubaid (40) were injured. The killed and the injured were employees of K-Electric. The body and injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for medico-formalities and treatment, respectively. 
In relation, K-Electric condemned the firing incident where a KE driver was shot dead while two workers sustained injuries outside KE office in Baldia Town. KE has not only expressed its concern but also demanded the law enforcing agencies to arrest the miscreants immediately. The power utility also appealed to the Sindh government to provide security for its workers and its assets as well.
In a separate incident, unidentified motorcyclists shot dead Raja alias Amanullah (45) at Ghous Pak Road, Korangi and fled. He was killed on his way to drop his children to school. The incident’s motive could not be ascertained and the body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for an autopsy.
In another incident, Syed Adeel (45) resident of Goli Mar was killed by unidentified assailants in Hassan Colony. The body was shifted to ASH for an autopsy. In yet another firing incident unidentified persons near Zamzama Park killed Raja Chawal (70). The body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-formalities. A youth, unidentified persons near Chanesor Goth fired at and injured Mohammad Arshad (26) resident of Mehmoodabad. He was shifted to JPMC for treatment. Jinnah Hospital Medical Legal Officer (MLO) Dr Jagdish reported that Ashiq (35) was brought for treatment from Parsi Gate receiving bullet injuries due to unidentified person’s firing. The incident occurred over resistance during robbery. In a separate incident, unidentified persons near Baldia Sector 9-D fired at and injured Sohail (55) resident of Baldia Town. The injured was shifted to ASH for treatment.
Meanwhile, Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Haider Jamali, claimed that improvement was witnessed in law and order situation as there was substantial reduction in incidents pertaining to murder, kidnapping for ransom and bank robberies etc. during the past three months, highlighting the progress of ongoing target operation in Karachi during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday. “However, street crimes as phone snatching are still high and the police department is making efforts to effectively eradicate this threat,” he added.
Sindh Additional IG, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, former KCCI president and Businessmen Group Chairman Siraj Kassam Teli, BMG Vice Chairman, Anjum Nisar, KCCI President Abdullah Zaki, KCCI Senior Vice President Muffasar A Malik, KCCI Vice President, Muhammad Idrees, Former KCCI presidents AQ Khalil and Majyd Aziz, CPLC chief Ahmed Chinoy, Site Association of Industry Chairman Younus M Bashir, Law and Order Sub-Committee Chairman KCCI, Haji Asif Chamdia, PCLC chief Hafeez Aziz and KCCI Managing Committee members attended the meeting. IGP Sindh pointed out that the performance of police department can further be gauged from the fact that a total of 145 murders have been reported during 2014 against 260 murders in 2013 and only three cases pertaining to kidnapping have been reported during the past three months against 25 cases of kidnapping for ransom last year. “We are making all efforts and utilising all resources to bring down crime rate”, he said and sought KCCI’s support and encouragement in this regard.
Arguing over the statistical figures by Sindh AIGP, Siraj Kassam Teli said that these figures were misguiding the government, general public and the business community. He noted that some improvements were witnessed but the overall law and order situation remained volatile and a lot needs to be done. Teli was of the view that averages and percentages being highlighted by police officers were based on reported cases only but the ground reality was much worse since victims did not report many cases. To find out exact figures, Teli suggested that an independent agency should be given the task to carry out a survey of criminal activities that must include reported and unreported cases. This independent agency should evaluate the actual crime rate of the city, which will surely help in bringing the exact facts and figures into limelight.

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