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‘Robber’ lynched, another injured in Orangi

‘Robber’ lynched, another injured in Orangi

KARACHI: An enraged mob lynched a suspected robber and critically injured his accomplice in Orangi Town on Monday after the latter snatched Rs400,000 from a man, according to the Pakistan Bazaar police.

The mob also set fire to their motorbike and refused to hand over the custody of the suspects to the police.

The police said Mohammad Riaz drew the cash from two different banks and was about to reach his home in Bilal Colony when four suspected robbers ostensibly chasing him snatched the money from him. The victim raised a hue and cry alerting area people who got hold of two of the suspects. The mob gave a good hiding to the suspects but refused to hand them over to the police. The crowd insisted that they would hand over the custody of the injured suspects to their elected representative only.

Subsequently, Pakistan Bazaar SHO Zaheer Hussain talked to lawmaker Mehboob Alam over the phone regarding the issue. The lawmaker later arrived and helped the police to shift the suspects to nearby Government Qatar Hospital, which then referred them to the Civil Hospital Karachi, the SHO said.

One of them, in his mid-20s, died during treatment at the Civil Hospital Karachi, the police officer said, adding that investigation was under way to ascertain his identity. The other suspect, who was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition, was not in a position to record his statement, he added.

The SHO said that the enraged mob also set a motorbike of the suspects on fire. He made it clear that the mob did not torch the suspects. Their clothes were torn apart and they were beaten with some hard and blunt weapon, the police officer said.

The police quoted Riaz as claiming that two fleeing robbers took away the cash on another motorbike.

The SHO said Riaz introduced himself as a government employee who used to draw new notes of Rs20 and Rs100 from banks and supply the same to shopkeepers in the area and it appeared to be his small ‘business’. On Monday, too, he drew cash from two bank branches situated in Orangi Town-1 and Orangi Town-5 to provide the same to shopkeepers.

Published in Dawn, December 8th, 2015

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