KARACHI - The death toll in the metropolis mounted to 43 deaths on Monday while hundreds others sustained serious injuries as the City remained in the grip of deadliest ethnic riots for the last three days. Meanwhile, DIG Majeed Dasti has taken the charge as DIG West Zone and replaced DIG Aleem Jafferi. The situation remained tense on Monday as a large number of houses, shops and vehicles were set on fire in different areas of the city. Dozens of families living in affected localities such as Chishti Nagar, Raees Amrohi Colony, Bukhari Colony, Ali Ghar, Rahim Shah Colony, Faiz-e-Aamm Colony and Sector 11 Orangi Town have moved toward safer places. Law-enforcement agencies including police and Rangers were unable to restore peace especially in the West Zone where over 2 million people got stuck after failing to quit the area. Hilly areas of Orangi Town including Ittehad Town, Muhammad Khan Dera and Qasba areas remained the centre of intense firing. The incidents of firing on public transport vehicles, pedestrians and law-enforcers became routine in various parts of the city. Meanwhile, three more persons, including Noor Muhammad and two others, were killed and seven houses set on fire in Raees Amrohi Colony, Orangi Town. The dead bodies of Imran and Hanif were found from Rexer Bridge within the limits of Rizvia Police Station. Jumma Khan, a security guard, was killed in Zaman Town Police limits, Bahadur Zada was shot dead while Gulab Khan wounded at Johar Mor. Unknown gunmen killed Gul Bahadur at Colony Gate, Sahrah-e-Faisal, and Sikander near KDA Ground in the Aziz Bhatti police limits while a dead body was also found from the precincts of Baghdadi Police Station. Dr. Khalid, DSM Qatar Hospital, told The Nation that over 200 wounded people had been brought to the hospital. He added that miscreants had brutally tortured several innocent pedestrians in Orangi Town who were on way to Banaras, Pirabad and Mangopir areas. He disclosed that several victims had even been deprived of the vital body organs. Victims at Qatar Hospital said that miscreants even chopped ears, noses and other body organs of several innocent pedestrians with knives and scissors. They said that law enforcers had badly failed in establishing writ of the government in affected areas. On the other hand, heavy contingents of law-enforcement agencies were seen patrolling in different areas of the city. It is pertinent to mention here that over 200 critically injured people including women were brought to Qatar Hospital on Monday. Meanwhile, unidentified miscreants targeted a number of people including shopkeepers, rickshaw and bus drivers, security guards and others in different city areas of the city especially West Zone.