Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Around 2,000 chickens were burnt alive on Tuesday after the target killing of a local ANP leader sparked violence in some parts of the city.
The chickens, which arrived as part of a consignment, were set ablaze as tension escalated following the slaying of the vice-president of the UC-7 Nursery Ward of the ANP, Gul Nawaz Khan, who was shot dead by two motorcyclists in a slum in the Kala Pul area within the Tipu Sultan police limits.
SHO Chaudhry Arshad of the Tipu Sultan police confirmed that the 32-year-old victim was a local ANP leader. Khan suffered two bullet wounds. The police seized the empty bullet casings from the scene of the crime.
Tension developed in the area following the incident and armed men resorted to aerial firing, while activists of the ANP staged a protest at a hospital against the murder of their leader. The deceased was a resident of Lal Kothi in Tipu Sultan and originally hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police sources said an FIR had been registered against Imran alias Mani, Zulfiqar alias Papu, Bilal alias Tension and Sarzameen alias Lala. However, no arrests have been made so far. Investigators said it was premature to conclude that Khan fell victim to yet another target killing or he was killed due to a personal enmity.
Meanwhile, a truck carrying a consignment of chickens reached a shop in Chanesar Goth which belonged to Bilal alias Tension, one of the accused in Gul Nawaz Khan's murder. Suddenly, armed men appeared at the scene and set fire to the truck carrying the chickens, burning them alive. Police sources said that fire tenders were immediately called to the scene, but despite their best efforts to extinguish the flames, they were unable to save the chickens.