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Autopsy completed after toddler killed in Karachi police firing

April 17 , 2019

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The bullet that killed one-and-a-half-year-old Ahsan in Karachi Tuesday night was fired from 10 to 15 feet away, confirmed a post-mortem report. 

His parents say he was shot by a policeman while they were getting into a rickshaw on University Road, near Safoora Chowrangi. “We were in a rickshaw. We saw pistols in the policemen’s hands,” Ahsan’s mother said. “There were two bikes and they were firing at each other.”

Two policemen, identified as Amjad and Abdul Samad, have been arrested and while another two are being questioned in the case. A case has been lodged at the Sacchal police station against four unidentified suspects for murder and attempted murder, but Ahsan’s family has rejected it. They say it was not registered according to their wishes.

Amjad told SAMAA TV that a man came to them and told them that there were some people on a motorbike and they had a pistol. The other law enforcer said they were following the suspects when they entered a crowded road. “I fired a bullet in the air and they shot at us,” he said.

Related: One-year-old shot dead in Karachi by police bullet: family

The additional police surgeon, Dr Shiraz, has completed the post-mortem examination. The report says the child was hit in his chest from the right side by a single bullet. Another bullet missed him on his left. The surgeon determined that the cause of death was a bullet to the chest.

The chief minister’s adviser on law and information, Murtaza Wahab, said that in the case of a wrong investigation, the law will come into play. He said that since the police has been accused in the case, they should not be the ones to investigate.

PTI leader Khurrum Sher Zaman, on the other hand, has demanded Murad Ali Shah’s resignation.

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