KARACHI  - Government of Sindh has imposed ban on collection of sacrificial animals’ hides during the three days of Eidul Azha here on Monday.

According to a code of conduct issued by the provincial government, only registered political, religious parties, non-governmental organisations and religious seminaries were allowed to collect the sacrificial animals.

Door-to-door collection of hides would also not allowed even no one would allow to set up camps for collecting the hides.

As per the code of conduct, the process of donating hides would be totally a volunteer process and no one would be allowed to forcibly collect hides.

The government has also imposed ban on use of loud speakers to collect hides. Proper security would be provided by the government to the organisations while shifting their collected hides from one place to another. It was finalised in a meeting chaired by Sindh Additional Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah.

Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui, Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat and senior officials of the police and rangers as well as all the deputy commissioners were present in the meeting.

3 criminals killed in ‘encounter’:

Law enforcement agencies claimed to have killed three criminals in two separate encounters in Korangi and Gulshan-e-Iqbal localities.

They claimed to have arrested 22 alleged hardened criminals during targeted operation drive continued here on Monday.

Two Lyari gangsters were killed and three managed to escape during an alleged encounter within the jurisdictions of Korangi Industrial Area police station.

They were identified as Akram Khan and Habib Pathan. Police claimed to have recovered two pistols and a motorcycle from their possession. SHO Imdad Talpur said five gunmen, on two motorbikes, were busy looting the valuables from the passersby. When they saw the police, an exchange of fire took place. As result two criminals were killed and three of their companions managed to escape during an exchange of fire. The culprits belonged to Lyari gang war and were wanted to the police in various cases of street crime.

Separately, in another alleged encounter, a robber was killed in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. SHO Irfan Khan said the robber who was later identified as Khalid was looting the citizens along with other three accomplices on two motorcycles in Block-5 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. Police rushed to the spot where, during an exchange of fire, a bandit sustained bullets and died on the way to hospital while his companions were managed to flee. Police claimed to have recovered a pistol and a stolen motorcycle from his possession.

Meanwhile, two robbers were arrested during an ‘encounter’ with the police in Samanabad area. They were identified as Bilal and Waqas Khan. Weapons were also recovered from their possession.

On the other side, some 22 suspects were apprehended during various targeted raids conducted by Rangers in various parts of the city including Metroville-3, Airport, New Karachi, Yousuf Goth, Qaimkhani Colony, Bilal Colony, Moosa Colony, Haroonabad-SITE, Manghopir, Bohrapir, Ali Akbar Shah Goth, Hassan Noman Colony, Rabia City and Ranchore Line areas.

According to rangers’ spokesperson, the arrested persons were hardened criminals and were involved in heinous crimes. Weapons, including one light machinegun, G-3 rifle, sub machineguns, hand grenades and a large quantity of mixed ammunition were also recovered.