SHIKARPUR - Two suspected robbers were killed and a station house officer (SHO) was injured in an alleged encounter at the Shikarpur diversion in Garhi Yasin Tehsil on Tuesday.

According to an official, some armed men opened indiscriminate fire on the houses of Marfani clan over an old enmity near Garhi Yasin Police Station. Hearing the gunshots near the police station, the SHO rushed to the scene and told the armed men to stop the fire. The armed men allegedly opened fire on the police too. The police retaliated, killing alleged robber Zafar Brohi (20) and his accomplice Ghulam Rasool Brohi (30).

Garhi Yasin SHO Noor Muhammad Jakhro sustained severe bullet wounds during the exchange of fire, said Athar Channa, spokesperson for the police.

According to the police, Ghulam Rasool Brohi was wanted to the police in several criminal cases. The Sindh government had announced Rs500,000 for his arrest, police said.

Some accomplices of the alleged robbers fled the scene taking advantage of injuries to the SHO. The police shifted the injured SHO to the Shikarpur Civil Hospital for medical treatment.

Shikarpur SSP Umar Tufail reached the scene soon after the shooting incident. According to an official source, the police will soon launch a crackdown on criminals in the area.

Police had not registered an FIR of the incident until Tuesday evening.

ONE DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT

A young man identified as Shah Murad (20) was killed and his friend Abdul Razaque Golo was injured when their motorcycle rammed into a trailer on the Khanpur-Shikarpur Indus Highway in the Khanpur police area on Tuesday.

Murad, son of Ali Hassan and resident of Kandhkot District, and Golo were going to Bhit Shah to attend the Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.

The police reached the scene, detained trailer driver Samiullah and impounded his vehicle. The body of the deceased was handed over to his relatives after his post-mortem examination at the Khanpur Teshil Headquarters Hospital. The injured man was admitted to the hospital for medical treatment, police said.

Police had not registered an FIR of the incident until Tuesday evening.

CASE REGISTERED

The Lakhi Dar police on Tuesday arrested eight people for cutting mango trees on the premises of Shankar Anand Bharti Temple.

According to Shankar Anand Bharti Temple trustee Kewal Ram Rohira, police were informed that some influential people of the Bhutto clan were cutting mango trees worth millions of rupees on the temple premises. Police arrested them red-handed and impounded the tractor-trolley they had brought with them to transport the trees.

Police have registered a case against Javed Bhutto and 11 others on the complaint of Rohira.