19 suspects arrested over traffic wardens death
KARACHI—Police have arrested 19 suspects overnight after the targeted killing of two traffic wardens yesterday. Law-enforcement agencies arrested nine suspects from Water Pump area after raiding an apartment. Eyewitnesses said that one of those arrested had long hair and an assault rifle was also recovered from his possession.
They also recovered a computer. The suspects have been shifted to unknown location for further interrogation. A traffic police spokesman said that IG Sindh AD Khawaja has suspended the SHO of Ayesha Manzil police station. The spokesman said that the wardens killed yesterday were not wearing bulletproof vests on duty.
Police have released the initial post mortem report of the wardens. One warden was shot five times in the neck, chest and abdomen, while another warden has two bullets in his head and neck.
This is the third such incident this year in which traffic wardens have been targeted resulting in the death of five traffic police officers.
Meanwhile, funeral prayers for the two wardens were offered at the Garden Headquarters. It was attended by a large number of police officers and family members of the slain wardens. It was also attended by DG Rangers Maj. Gen. Bilal Akbar, IG Sindh AD Khawaja, Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Mahar and other higher officials.
Later IG Sindh expressed sorrow over the loss of lives and offered condolences to the family members of the wardens. He said the police will not be intimidated by the cowardly acts of terrorists and will go to any extent to protect the lives and property of the people. He announced monetary assistance for the legal dependents of the wardens.