KARACHI - An armed clash between two rival parties, Katchi community and Lyari gangsters, in Lyari area on Tuesday claimed four lives, including that of the programme director of a private television.
According to SSP (South) Naeem Ahmed Sheikh, the fresh killings resulted from the fight between the defunct People’s Amn Committee and Katchi Rabita Committee (KRC).
Sources said that Lyari gangsters had tried to obtain the top floor of an under-construction building in Hingorabad by extortion. “To settle this matter, (some) members of the Amn Committee reached the site. However, KRC operatives caught two of them there, and later shot them dead.”
In retaliation, gangsters kidnapped Javed Katchi, son of Dad Ghani, and his brother Abdul Sattar. Javed was recovered dead from a workshop in Ali Muhammad locality, afterwards. Sattar is still missing.
Abdul Karim, spokesman for the KRC, alleged that Lyari gangsters neither vanished nor went into hiding. “They are roaming freely in the area. They kidnapped around a dozen Katchi youths.” He said, “Law-enforcement agencies seem reluctant to take any action against them because of the political influence.” He further alleged that bodies of two Katchi youths were recovered near Kamila Stop and the Lyari General Hospital, while the remaining abductees were still missing.
On the other hand, Zafar Baloch, head of the defunct People’s Amn Committee and a senior PPP leader, said that a conspiracy was being hatched to create law and order situation in Lyari. Baloch alleged that two Baloch youths, Elahi Buksh alias Alok Gwadri, a footballer, and Momia Baloch alias Jaffar, were abducted from the main road in Hingorabad and taken to a narrow street, where they were shot in the temple.
Among those killed since early Tuesday morning in Lyari also included Rehman Hingora, programme director of a private television. Hingora was moving to home from his workplace when he got killed.
On Tuesday evening, the KRC staged a demonstration on Maripur Road, protesting against the overnight killings in Lyari. The KRC has declared three-day mourning over the killings.
Heavy contingents of the Sindh Rangers and police have been deployed in Lyari but firing continued in the area till the filing of this report.