KARACHI - The director of National Highway Authority (NHA) and deputy director of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) among three people were killed in separate incidents here on Monday.

NHA Director Sohail Bhatti and KMC Deputy Director Talat Yousuf, who used to serve as deputy director Anti-Encroachment Lyari Expressway Resettlement Project, were targeted by gunmen riding a motorcycle.

They were targeted near Federal Urdu University, University Road within the jurisdictions of Aziz Bhatti police station in the wee hours of Sunday. Both the officers were travelling in a double cabin vehicle - bearing government registration number plate - when assailants sprayed bullets and managed to flee.

NHA Director Bhatti was shot thrice in his neck and abdomen while Talat Yousuf was shot once in his abdomen. Both the victims died on the way to hospital. Police investigators suspected the NHA director could be the prime target of the assailants. Investigators said Bhatti was driving the car when assailants targeted him from the driving side and shot him three times.

District East SSP Pir Shah said a single bullet hit Talat and he died on the way to hospital. The motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained. Police suspected professional or personal enmity the reason behind the killing, he added.

Police said empty shells of the bullets fired on the victims were recovered from the crime scene and sent to the forensic division of the Sindh police for examination.

Police officials have also obtained the footage of the CCTV camera installed close to the crime scene but remained clueless. The CCTV camera was installed away from the crime scene and unable to provide the pictures, said Aziz Bhatti SHO Abbas Kolachi. Police officials have also initiated investigation by gathering the cell phone calling records of the victims and also getting help from the geo-fencing to probe into the case.

Talat Yousuf was also the brother of journalist Zubair Khan and the son of senior journalist Nazeer Khan. Talat, 59, has left a widow and three children behind. The incident occurred when both the victims were going to their homes in Gulshan-e-Iqbal after having dinner with some of their friends or colleagues.

On the other side, Shah Latif police found a strangulated body of man from the bushes of Sector 17, Shah Latif Town. Police said the body was shifted to morgue where the victim was identified as Asif Hameed, 20, resident of the same area. Police said during the course of investigation, police found the deceased’s neighbours, Habib and his friend Ashiq who killed Asif over some personal issues. Police arrested both the accused persons and registered a case.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Sindh Police, Ghulam Haider Jamali has directed the official concerned to make appropriate security arrangements to provide protection to lady health workers and the staff during the anti-polio campaign.

The IGP Sindh visited the crime scene at UC-6, Banaras, Orangi Town No 4, where Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Tabassum Ali was shot by unknown motorcycle riding gunmen while polio workers were administering the vaccine to a child in a house, said a statement on Monday.

He paid tribute to the martyred ASI and said the criminal elements are targeting policemen in reaction to the Karachi Operation and the culprits will be arrested soon. He directed the SHOs to increase patrolling and enhance security arrangements during the polio campaign. He directed the district SSPs to increase patrolling and snap-checking in the sensitive areas and take action in accordance with the intelligence reports. He also ordered to deploy police commandos at police stations level for the security of polio workers.

The IGP Sindh also instructed that the police should provide security to polio workers on their respective routes. He directed the officials to further intensify the targeted action against criminal elements and take integrated action in the light of the intelligence reports.