An accused involved in the killing of a shopkeeper during a robbery at Ayub Goth Rajput Society has been arrested.
According to police, 50-year old Rao Aftab Ahmed, owner of Rajput General Store situated in Ayub Goth’s Rajput Society, was shot dead resisting robbery bid on October 28 within the limits of Sohrab Goth police station.
According to Shehzad Ahmed, elder brother of the deceased, the suspects had previously tried to rob the general store on October 5 and they had thwarted the attempt. On October 28, the suspects came back wit a vengeance and shot dead Aftab, Shehzad said according to his statement to the police.
When the news of shopkeeper’s murder was published in The Express Tribune, Karachi Additional IG Imran Yaqub Minhas took notice of the incident and directed Sohrab Goth DSP and SHO Sohrab Goth Police Station to arrest the accused within three days.
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Sohrab Goth SHO Sub-Inspector Zubair Nawaz said that the accused Niaz was identified with the help of CCTV footage and other technical means. He said that the police had received CCTV footage of the incident in which the armed suspects could be seen escaping on 125CC motorcycles wearing helmets.
The deceased’s brother has also identified the arrested suspect Niaz. The arrested accused is being further interrogated while efforts are being made to arrest his accomplice.
In the preliminary investigation, the suspect has confessed that he and his accomplice had tried to rob Aftab’s shop first on October 5 and when they failed they came back on October 28 with the intention of robbery and they killed Aftab upon resistance.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2021.