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- Friday, February 24, 2012 - From Print Edition




A lynch mob overpowered two alleged robbers while they were looting a motorist and then a man from the crowd fatally shot one of the suspects in Nazimabad on Thursday.


Muhammad Saleem, a resident of Korangi No. 2-1/2, was on his way home in his vehicle when he was intercepted by two gunmen on a motorcycle. The gunmen told him to hand over all of his cash and other valuables.


In the meantime, a number of people from the area, after realising that a robbery was taking place, rushed to help Saleem. The public overpowered the robbers, after which one of them snatched a pistol from one of the robbers, Abdul Wilayat, and shot him at point blank range. Wilayat died on the spot while his accomplice managed to flee during the chaos.


Police took Wilayat’s body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy. Karachi is no stranger to instances of vigilante justice. Just two days ago, a criminal was gunned down by a man whom he was trying to loot.