KARACHI - A branch manager of National Bank of Pakistan and a police sub-inspector were shot dead in separate incidents while two others wounded in grenade attack here on Tuesday. A 50-year-old Shaikh Nazeer was shot dead when armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at his car in North Karachi area within the jurisdictions of Sir Syed police station.

The victim was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. SHO Gull Baig said the victim was going home located in Gulberg locality when the incident occurred. Apparently the victim was shot dead over offering resistance in a robbing bid. Further investigation is underway.

Separately, a police sub-inspector Ali Rehman Awan, 50, was shot dead in North Nazimabad locality when he was traveling in his car. The victim was posted to District South and a resident of Defence area. The incident occurred when he was returning home after attending an Iftar party. Police officials s&aid the incident occurred apparently over a robbing bid.

At least two people were wounded when unidentified persons threw a hand grenade in Golimar area on Tuesday evening. The victims were immediately taken to Civil Hospital, Karachi for treatment where they were identified as 35-year-old Yaqoob and Raheem Shah, 40. Police officials said the incident occurred when unidentified armed motorcyclists hurled a hand grenade near Gutter Baghicha area of Pak Colony.

Moreover, armed bandits on Tuesday looted rupees 3.4 million from the branch of a local bank located in District Malir, Karachi on Tuesday.

The branch of private bank is located at Abul Hassan Isphani Road. Police officials said at least four armed men barged into the bank, after the bank was closed, with the help of the security guards. “They covered the close circuit cameras by using the tape and then continued their operation,” explained Sacchal SHO M Shoaib. “As soon as the bank staffers started arriving on Tuesday, they held them hostage at gunpoint and looted the cash from the locker.” The officer said around Rs3.4 million were robbed. Initial investigation suggested that the bank security guards were also involved in robbery. Investigation is underway.

AIGP REVIEWS SECURITY

AHEAD OF YOUM-I-ALI

The Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Karachi, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, at a meeting on Tuesday reviewed security measures ahead of the ‘Youm-i-Ali’ (21st of Ramazan).

A police statement said that the senior police officers attended the meeting. It said that for 178 processions in the three zones for the Youm-i-Ali’ and 331 Majalis some 10,763 police personnel would perform security duty. For the main procession, snipers would be deployed on rooftop along the route. At the central gathering place, watch towers would be set up. The bomb disposal squad would perform the technical sweeping on the occasion.

Vehicles with special stickers would be allowed entry at the main procession.

Police commandos would be deployed and snap checking and searching would be carried out at sensitive places on the occasion of Youm-i-Ali. Intelligence and patrolling would also be enhanced.