Pakistan: Police shoots unarmed boy in Karachi
Police shot at and critically wounded an unarmed Class IX student near the Rizvia Society underpass in Pakistan's Karachi city on Wednesday, media reports said.
The student, Ayaan, 15, and his friend, Awais, were riding as many motorbikes when the police signalled them. As police got hold of Awais, Ayaan tried to turn his motorbike, but a policeman fired at him leaving him seriously wounded, police and his family told Dawn News.
The victim of the incident was taken to Liaquat National Hospital (LNH) for treatment.
LNH spokesperson Anjum Rizvi told Dawn News that the 15-year-old boy was being treated at the intensive care unit.
He said that the bullet hit the lower portion and stuck in his lungs. As a result, the lower limb had been damaged and could not be moved because the bullet had not exited.
The incident, however, prompted police high-ups to order an inquiry and placed the Rizvia SHO under suspension.
Without providing any details about the incident, the police stated in a statement that the DIG-West set up an inquiry committee, the policeman involved in the shooting incident, identified as Safdar, was detained and the Rizvia Society SHO Waqar Kaiser had been suspended.
SSP-Central Maroof Usman, who visited the hospital and met with the family of the wounded student, told Dawn that the incident was being thoroughly probed and facts would be shared with the media.
He said that departmental and legal proceedings would be initiated against the policemen involved in the incident.