KARACHI: Indus Chronicle Report, Feb 10, 2019

A widespread protest was witnessed all along the Sindh province against the killing of a political activist Irshad Ranjhani who was shot by a Karachi UC chairman Raheem Shah.

Irshad Ranjhani was the chairman of Jeay Sindh Tehreek, Karachi.

Almost all major cities and towns of the province echoed with the protest demonstrations and sit-ins as the political activists, human rights activists and political parties demanded justice for the victim.

Human rights activists Sorath Lohar and Illahi Bux Bikak lead a sit-in staged in front of Sindh Governor House in Karachi while at another location in Malir another group of protestors including Sindhi Ababi Sangat blocked National Highway.

National parties including Sindh United Party, Jeay Sindh Tehreek, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, and others staged a sit-in at the crime scene in ‘Bhains Colony’.

In Dadu district, protests were reported in Dadu city, Johi, Faridabad, Kakkar and KN Shah.

A large number of political and human rights activists took to the roads in Hyderabad, the second largest city of the province. Just on the other side of Indus River, Jamshoro also looked enraged over the incident.

In Khairpur district, almost all towns witnessed protests against the killing. In neighboring districts like Sukkur, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Kashmore, there were reports of condemnation and subsequent protests.

Ranjhani’s party—JST—claimed he was shot in cold blood by Raheem Shah in Bhains Colony, a neighborhood in the Shah Latif Town area adjacent to the National Highway.

Ranjhani was allegedly shot twice by Rahim. But still, he was alive when the police took him to Shah Latif police station rather than to the hospital. The party alleged he was shot eight more times by the police.

Ranjhani’s family settled in Karachi’s Korangi area claimed that he lived in Dubai and had only recently come to Pakistan to visit them. He was in Dadu till Sunday, after which he had returned to his home in Korangi, Karachi.

However, the police said the alleged shooter Raheem Shah had withdrawn cash from the bank. He was intercepted on National Highway by two men, among them one was Ranjhani. They showed Raheem a pistol and asked for the cash.

Rahim Shah, the police reported, fired on them from inside the car in self-defense. The accomplice of Ranjhani ran away riding the motorbike. Police’s account is based on the statement of Rahim Shah as the former reached the crime scene an hour after the incident.

There are witnesses to the whole incident as it happened in a public space and in broad daylight, a police officer told media.

Meanwhile, civil society activists took to social media, using the hashtag #JusticeForIrshadRanjhani and posted videos showing Raheem Shah shooting Ranjhani in front of a crowd.

The role of police has come in question as the political activists and the heirs of the victim point fingers at the Shah Latif station house officer and the Bin Qasim Town deputy superintendent of police.

The incident has sent shock waves in the province where social media networking has given a new shape to activism and rights movement.

Sindh CM orders judicial inquiry into Irshad Ranjhani murder case

The mounting pressure forced Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to order a judicial inquiry into the murder.

The chief minister directed Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah to write a letter to Registrar Sindh High Court with the request to conduct a judicial inquiry into the murder of Irshad Ranjhani.

“We can’t allow anybody to take the law into his hand,” he said.

Earlier, the Chief Minister directed IG Police Dr. Kaleem Imam to conduct an inquiry by a senior police officer into the murder case.

Shah said the government cannot allow anybody to establish a state within the state and take the gun in his hand, terming a person as a dacoit and kill him.

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