A paramilitary trooper of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, lost his life and another was injured during an encounter with alleged criminals in Lyari’s Nawa Lane area on Thursday morning.
The encounter also took the lives of two alleged members of the Uzair Baloch group of Lyari gangsters, namely Sarwar Baloch alias Commando and his accomplice Owais Baloch.
According to a Rangers spokesperson, the paramilitary troops were conducting a raid in the Nawa Lane area, which falls within the jurisdiction of Kalakot police, after receiving a tip-off about the presence of gangsters in the area.
The alleged gang members opened fire at the law enforcers as a result of which a 35-year-old Rangers personnel, Syed Asghar Shah, was killed while another personnel, Abdur Rahim, sustained bullet injuries and was taken to the hospital. The spokesperson said that Abdur Rahim’s condition has stabilised. Meanwhile, Shah’s funeral prayers were held at the Rangers head office in Karachi.
SHO Shershah Haji Sanaullah, who also took part in the raid, told The Express Tribune that they raided houses located along three streets in the area, which was cordoned off by the law enforcers. The criminals opened fire at the raid team from the 13th street, he said, adding that the retaliatory fire killed the two alleged gangsters. The operation was launched at 6:30am and continued till 9:30am.
According to Sanaullah, Sarwar was a commando of the Uzair Baloch group. Since Uzair Baloch fled from Lyari, Sarwar was the in-charge of Nawa Lane. “He probably didn’t know himself how many people he had killed in his life,” said Sanaullah.
Sarwar’s accomplice, Owais, was a resident of Pak Colony and was also involved in a number of cases of heinous crimes. Both of them were shooters for Lyari’s Maya group, claimed the SHO. Their bodies were taken to Civil Hospital, Karachi, for medico-legal formalities and were then shifted to Edhi’s cold storage from where they will be claimed by their families. The law enforcers also found three hand grenades, two Kalashnikovs and two TT pistols from their custody.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2014.