Death toll mounts to 38 in riot-hit Karachi

December 1st, 2008 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Dec.1 (ANI): At least 38 people were killed and over 100 have been injured in three days of violence that erupted on Saturday here.

Dozens of vehicles were torched in different areas, while unknown miscreants continued to damage public and private properties in the city.

The situation is still not under control. Law enforcement agencies have been put on high alert, Geo TV reported.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, while taking notice of Karachi violence, have sought a report within 24 hours.

They have directed law enforcement agencies to keep a close eye on miscreants, The News reported.

The series of violence and terrorism, beginning from Banaras Chowk on Saturday evening, continues in various parts of the city.

Due to the incidents of firing and violence, 31 people have so far been killed and 110 including 19 women sustained injuries while unknown persons torched over two dozens vehicles, six shops, one warehouse and a marriage hall in various areas of the metropolis.

Dead bodies and wounded persons were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and the Qatar Hospital. Situation is still tense in various areas including Banaras Colony, Orangi Town and North Nazimabad.

Different trade circles of city, markets, petrol pumps, shops and CNG stations remained closed and transport system in the city completely came to standstill.

Interior department Sindh has declared red alert in the city and deployed more than 500 rangers and increased Police patrolling in different parts of the city.

The entire city is in the grip of tension and fear. While city administration has also declared emergency in all hospitals. Police department has also cancelled police vacations in view of the law and order situation. (ANI)

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