BADIN: Hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets in Luari Sharif town of Badin District, following the killing of a school teacher and set more than 50 shops and some houses on fire in the area.
School teacher Mohammad Aslam Keerio was shot dead on Thursday, allegedly by members of a rival group, local residents said.
Luari Sharif town, located some 13 kilometeres off Badin city, is home to many shrines. The town has seen many clashes on the issue of management of shrines as both rival groups in the area claim ownership of the shrines.
Tension gripped the area after Keerio was killed. An infuriated mob took to the streets and set shops and houses on fire to express their anger against the incident.
The eye witnesses told media that around 50 shops were ransacked and set on the fire.
Following the incident, heavy contingents of police under the supervision of SSP Badin Ibrar Hussain Nekokar reached the spot and tried to control the tense situation.
So far the bloody tussle between two groups, who both claim to be real custodian of the shrines, has claimed dozens of lives during past three decades.
SSP Badin, while talking to the local journalists, said that police was trying its best to calm down the situation.
“We have arrested a number of miscreants involved in the riots and arson,” he added.
People of both the groups are accusing each other for the tense situation in the town and have demanded to carry out a judicial inquiry into the incident.
However, no case was registered till the filing of this report.
Later in the day, a large number of relatives of the victim staged a sit-in outside Badin Press Club to protest against the killing of Keerio, and the reluctance of the police to register an FIR against the people involved.
They demanded an independent probe into the incident.
Meanwhile, the people of Gopang community told media that their women and other innocent people were arrested by police without any justification.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily