KARACHI: A teenage girl was stabbed to death and her elder sister wounded when they put up resistance to robbers in their Malir home on Tuesday, police said.
They said two bandits barged into a house in Malir’s C Area, known as Sheesha Gali, early in the morning. The robbers overpowered 20-year-old Alveena Nadim, but her younger sister, 16-year-old Aleena, challenged them with a knife she brought from the kitchen.
“Before she could do something, one of the bandits attacked her, grabbed the knife and then stabbed her multiple times,” said an official at the Saudabad police station. “He also tried to cut her throat that left a deep wound on the neck.”
He said that the bandits panicked when the girls screamed and ran away. They also attacked the elder girl before leaving the house, he added.
Their screams attracted neighbours who rushed to the scene only to find the two girls lying in a pool of blood. They were moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where Aleena died during treatment, the official said, adding that the condition of her elder sister was out of danger.
“So far, our findings are based on the statement of the injured girl,” said the official. “We have reasons to suspect that it was a robbery case but we strongly suspect that the act was committed by someone close.”
He said the family was not financially well-off. The girls’ father was a vendor, their mother was an industrial worker and their two sons were enrolled in a government school.
However, the official said that the girls’ father had recently inherited some money that came from the sale of his paternal family’s ancestral property.
He said that the girls were alone at the house and it appeared that the bandits chose this time for robbery since they knew most members of the family were not home.
The bandits tried their best to kill them both apparently to conceal their identity, he added.
“The injured girl is in a state of shock and immense grief. We will question her again after a day or two to collect more information and eyewitness account. Investigators are hopeful to trace the people and the motive behind the brutal act,” added the official.
Police claimed to have arrested two alleged criminals, including an absconder, in as many city areas on Tuesday.
Korangi SSP Noman Siddiqi said a police team raided a house and apprehended Hamza, an absconder who was wanted in a murder case.
The Surjani Town police carried out a raid in Abdul Rahim Goth and took into custody an alleged drug peddler, Abdul Hamid.
They claimed to have recovered weapons, drugs and a motorbike from him.
Meanwhile, a man in his late 40s was crushed beneath a locomotive near Awami Markaz on Tuesday, a Railways police official said.
He said the man, who could not be identified, was knocked down and got crushed beneath a train while he was crossing railway tracks along Sharea Faisal behind Awami Markaz.
The body was shifted to Edhi morgue for want of identification after medico-legal formalities at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
Published in Dawn, December 6th, 2017