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Two suspects, boy killed in police raid for girl’s recovery

Two suspects, boy killed in police raid for girl’s recovery

SUKKUR: Two suspected robbers and a passer-by boy were killed and two policemen were wounded during a shootout after the Shikarpur police raided a locality in Ghotki city on Saturday.

The operation was carried out for the recovery of Fazila Sarki, a girl who was kidnapped nine years ago in Garhi Hassan Sarki village near Thull district.

Heavy contingents of Shikarpur police and CIA, led by Lakhi SHO Ghulam Shah and the Khanpur SHO, cordoned off Aftab Colony, Shahbaz Colony and Anwar Abad in Ghotki city. A large number police mobiles and an armoured personnel carrier took part in the operation early in the morning on information that Fazila Sarki was held in a house owned by notorious dacoit Musa Lolai’s sons.

Seeing the police cordoning off the area, the suspects opened indiscriminate fire. A shootout ensued between the suspects and the raiding police party. Police also used tear gas. The area looked like a battlefield as the suspects put up resistance. Fear and panic spread in Ghotki city and all markets and shopping centres were closed and people went indoors as the exchange of fire continued for three hours.

The Ghotki police, who were initially not part of the operation, also joined the Shikarpur police.

As a result of the encounter, Abdul Haq alias Hakro Lolai and Sawan Lolai were killed and Sohno Lolai was wounded while nine-year-old passer-by boy Shah Zaib, son of Amir Bux Channa, who had gone shopping there received severe bullet wounds and died later.

Two personnel of the Shikarpur district police, Nisar Ahmed Sadhayo and Ghulam Murtaza Bhutto, were wounded in the shootout, were taken to the Civil Hospital Sukkur.

Police arrested Jatoi Lolai and Ali Hassan Lolai, sons of dacoit Musa Lolai, and took along four women and children to Shikarpur for further interrogation and to help recognise Fazila Sarki.

The police continued the cordon of the house of the suspects in Aftab Colony till late in the evening.

Published in Dawn, March 20th, 2016

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