KARACHI: The Karachi administration has decided to beef up security in the city by deploying Rangers at US Consulate, 5-star hotels and other important places after violence erupted during which several vehicles including police vans, motorcycles, banks, CNG stations etc were set ablaze on Sunday night.
The violence erupted after a teenager was killed in firing and over a dozen others sustained injuries in firing on a rally taken out by Wahdatul Muslmeen and ISO from Numaish Chowrangi (Old Exhibition Roundabout) M A Jinnah Road to protest against sacrilegious film. As the rally had reached near Native Jetty Bridge on its way to US Consulate located at Mai Kolachi Road by the evening, the police tried to stop it using water cannons. The police also fired tear gas shells and resorted to aerial firing to disperse the participants of rally.
The protesters however managed to reach near the US Consulate, where according to protesting organizations the fires were opened allegedly from the US Consulate killing a boy and injuring many others. The US Consulate however has denied firing from its side.
The furious protesters set a police picket on fire near the US Consulate and also burnt some half a dozen bikes. The firing and arson incident also started at Numaish Chowrangi where two police mobiles, two banks, another vehicle and two CNG stations were set ablaze.
Firing incidents were also reported in other parts of city including Clifton, Moosa Lane Lyari, Bheempura and Abul Hasan Esphani Road. A man was killed in firing in Moosa Lane and another at Clifton while a man was injured in Bheempura.
All the shops and other businesses was closed at M A Jinnah Road after the firing and arson incidents. The firing continued late Sunday night.
The Wahdatul Muslmeen and ISO have announced 3-day protest against firing and killing of a boy.