Women, children among nine killed in Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi (TP) July 24: At least nine people including five women and three children were killed and three others injured after a court offender along with his armed accomplices went on a shooting rampage in Mial Village of Chauntra in Rawalpindi.
Sources said that the sheer negligence of Chauntra police led to the gory incident as the Station House Officer Zaheer Butt had failed to keep an eye on the two rival groups that had been at the daggers drawn over an old enmity.
Police said that Rabnawaz– who had been bailed out after the murder of his wife by the opponent group– along with his accomplices, barged into the houses of his rivals to exact the murder of his wife Zahida Bibi, who was gunned down during an attack by 13 armed men on July 20.
On a complaint of Iqra Bibi, the daughter of Rabnawaz, a murder case number 231/20 under section 302/449/148/149 of PPC was registered by the Chauntra police against Azhar, Irfan, Qamar, Abbas, Habib, Irshad, Nazar, Azhar, Nafees, Anees and three unknown men. However, no arrests had been made by the police despite the lodging of the FIR. The nominated persons are said to be at large till now.
The FIR on a complaint of Iqra Bibi, the daughter of Rabnawaz
According to sources, Rabnawaz and his accomplice equipped with sophisticated weapons targeted the families of the opponents and killed five women including three girls and a man and injured three others after barging into their house.
Those who were killed were identified as Saleem Akhter, Nisar Bibi, Iman Fatima (7), Sabia Khatoon (16), Anzar Bibi (13, Farman (9), Sidra Bibi, Azra and Abida Shaheen. Those who sustained bullet inquiries include Noor Fatima, Usman and Ibrahim.
Sources said that Rabnawaz, who had recently obtained the bail from the court to attend the funeral of his wife, went on the killing spree to avenge the murder of his better half.
Sources said that the Chauntra police had been alerted to keep an eye on Rabnawaz during bail but they failed to act and he went on to the houses of his enemies and opened indiscriminate firing.
A senior police officer told The Punch that personnel of elite force commandos were on the scene to control law and order situation and the area has been tense after the gory incident.
He said that the bodies and the injured were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Rawalpindi for the post-mortem and treatment. Till the filing of this report, no arrests had been made by the police. Police said that raids were being conducted to arrest Rabnawaz and his accomplices.
A police officer on condition of anonymity said that the Chauntr locality has been infested with criminals and murderers and there was a need to carry out a fully-fledged operation to round up the criminals.