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- Monday, December 30, 2013 - From Print Edition


SUKKUR: Bodies of five people that were recovered from the shrine of Noori Jam Tamachi located in the middle of Keenjhar Lake have been sent to Karachi after a post mortem examination on Sunday.


The deceased have been identified as Jahangir Akhtar, Captain (retd.) Bilal Ayub, Muhammed Ali, Adnan Saeed and Sohail Ahmed. According to Civil Surgeon Aziz Tarani, the post mortem examination of the five bodies was conducted at the Civil Hospital, Makli. Afterwards, they were dispatched to Karachi. He further said that four of the deceased were shot in the head, while the fifth one died of a gunshot wound in his chest, adding the post mortem report will be issued after three days.


According to police sources, three fishermen have been arrested and investigation into the killings has been commenced. Police said a pistol was found from the shrine. Police claimed to have made some progress into the probe regarding the mysterious murder of five people at the shrine of Noor Jam Tamachi in Thatta.


According to police, the killings could be motivated by any spiritual reason. DIG Hyderabad Naeem Baroka said the five people used to regularly visit the shrine and that it could be a case of collective suicide. He said that the victims hired a motorboat to reach the shrine. Investigations were still ongoing and any final conclusion could be made after the post mortem examination. Meanwhile, tension and fear was observed in Thatta and common people on Sunday confined themselves to their homes and the attendance of visitors to the shrine fell down.