50 bodies thrown on Superhighway in 12 months

Karachi: More than 50 unidentified dead bodies having gunshot and torture wounds were recovered from Superhighway area of Karachi in one year, according to data obtained from rescue sources, However, police and security officials are clueless why this area is chosen by the killers to dump the bodies of victims.

The sources said majority of the bodies found from the area belonged to political activists and insurgents, adding many of the victims were not identified and buried in Edhi graveyard.

According to rescue officials, majority of the unidentified tortured bodies were found from Gadap Town, while Orangi Town remained runner up with 15 unidentified tortured bodies.

Five days back, three bodies were recovered from the Superhighway, within the limits of Gadap Police Station. The victims were later identified as activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) named Javed, Noman and Saleem. According to MQM sources, three of them were abducted by agencies during raids in Qasba Colony area. However, the security authorities have denied any link in extra-judicial killings of the activists. Javed was nominated in various cases of target killings. He was arrested by Rangers in June and handed over to the Pirabad police station but later released, said the sources.

When contacted SP Gadap Town, Rahib Khan Tunio, said that he had no information regarding reasons behind these killings as investigation department of police was separate from operational department. He said that media often exaggerate the number of bodies from his area.

Meanwhile, SHO Gadap Town, Imtiaz Niazi cited sparse population and limited movement of people in the Superhighway area as one of the reasons behind dumping of victims there. “It is easy for someone having a criminal intent to throw a body without being noticed due to a huge space vacant on both side of the highway.”

He also said that with only one mobile police vehicle present in the police station, it was not possible for them to patrol an area of almost 60 km length. “We have only one mobile van in police station so how we can closely monitor this whole area round-o-clock.”

He said that many victims that were identified later were killed by rival groups of Lyari gang war and then dumped at the highway.

Meanwhile, sources privy to investigation of these incidents said that some of the bodies recovered from the area were of insurgent elements of Balochistan. “In some cases a tag with the name and address of victim was also found with the body.”

Moreover, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Mumtaz Ali Shah, was also unaware that who was throwing these bodies and blamed concerned police officials for not performing their duties properly.

Talking to PPI at his office, Shah said that it was a heinous crime to kill someone and throw his body. “It is the responsibility of concerned police officials to find which culprits are behind these crimes,” he said.

Shah said that Home Secretary of Balochistan held a meeting with Sindh Home ministry officials and it was agreed that cooperation would be increased to find out who was involved in throwing bodies of Baloch missing persons in different parts of the Sindh province, especially outskirts of Karachi.

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