A suspected militant, who was among the four killed by Rangers personnel in Lyari's Ali Mohammad Mohalla early Wednesday morning, was mentally challenged and had nothing to do with criminal activities, the deceased's relative told Dawn.com on Wednesday.
On Tuesday night, a Rangers vehicle on routine patrol in Lyari had come under a grenade attack in which one official was martyred and four others injured. One alleged militant was also killed, Rangers had stated.
Following the grenade attack, Rangers launched a search operation in the vicinity, during which the paramilitary force personnel came under gunfire by suspected militants.
“After an exchange of firing, four more terrorists were killed,” the Rangers spokesperson had said.
Among those killed in the Ranger's retaliatory fire was Chakar Ali; while the Rangers claim he was wanted by law enforcement agencies in connection with various crimes, Ali's uncle, Rasool Bux, insists that the deceased was an “emotionally disturbed, mentally challenged person' and was undergoing treatment at the Lyari General Hospital.
Bux pleaded that justice be served for Chakar Ali's “violent death” and demanded a proper investigation into the incident so that the “truth can be revealed”.
According to Bux, Ali had left his home in Ali Mohammed Mohalla at around 7pm on Tuesday evening and was later killed in what he called a staged encounter.
Security officials deny claim
However, police and Rangers officials have denied the family's claim, saying the deceased suspect was a militant.
The Rangers' spokesperson denied the family's claim that the Ali was mentally challenged, saying the force “considers him a terrorist”.
Moreover, City SSP Sheeraz Nazeer told Dawn.com that Ali was a drug addict, not mentally challenged.
Chakar Ali was associated with gangsters and his brother Shahzad is also wanted by police in many cases, added the senior officer.
According to SSP Nazeer, police believe that the suspects who targeted the Rangers personnel belonged to the Ghaffar Zikri-led gang in the area.