KARACHI: About 266 police encounters took place in the city of lights in the previous year, 2019 and during which 30 suspects were killed and another 65 were injured.
Some 21 police officials were also injured during the alleged encounters. Many civilians also became victims of police fire in 2019.
In 2019, a couple was injured in Korangi area due to police firing. On February 22, 2019, a young student, Nimra, was killed when a stray bullet, from the exchange of fire between suspects and police in Sir Syed Town, pierced her.
In April 2019, a minor boy, Sajjad, was killed by police firing during a crackdown on drug peddlers in Quaidabad area. Another minor, Ahsan, suffered a similar fate when he was hit by a bullet fired by cops near Safoora Chowrangi.
Similarly, a minor girl was injured in October during police firing in Landhi area. The cops had opened fire on stray dogs in the area when the minor was hit by a bullet.
The most recent case was that of Nabeel Hoodhboy, a citizen who was killed by trigger-happy cops in November during snap checking near Cantt Station. His friend, Raza Imam, was injured in the same incident. The errant cops were reportedly arrested and their cases are under trial. The department has also initiated reforms in this regard, which include special training for police personnel.
Earlier in last month, The protest of Teachers against the Sindh government turned violent as they shifted their demonstration to the Sindh Assembly.
The teachers had been protesting outside the Karachi Press Club for ten consecutive days but today on Friday they decided to shift their protest to the Sindh Assembly.
Police had blocked the way to the assembly by containers but one route was still open so the teachers continued their march to the assembly and tried to enter it.
Security officials closed the doors of the assembly, so the teachers staged a protest outside the assembly.
Several teachers were arrested by the police and taken to nearby police stations.