A varsity student and a policeman were killed and three others wounded in separate shootings in Karachi on Friday, police said.

Three youngsters – all students of Karachi University – were on their way near Gulistan e Jauhar Block 4 that two motorcycle-riding assailants opened fire at them, SP Gulshan Dr. Fahad said. The incident left one of the students, Murtaza, dead and the other two, Shahid and Ehsan, injured.

Police found four 9mm shells from the scene and that the perpetrators followed the students before opening fire on them, he said. The students were going home from varsity.

Meanwhile, a policeman was shot dead near Saleem Center in North Karachi as he resisted two robbers who attempted to snatch his bike, police said. The deceased was identified as Rizwan, who was discharging his duties in the Crime Branch.

The slain cop was in plain clothes when the dacoits attempted to rob him of his motorbike.

CM takes notice of firing incidents

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incidents and sought a report from IG Sindh. He directed the officials to immediately arrest the perpetrators.

Suspected robber dies of citizens’ torture

On the other hand, a suspected dacoit died of brutal torture by an angry mob in Karachi’s Ittehad Town late on Friday, while one of his accomplices was arrested and another fled.

The area people chased and caught three suspected robbers in Ittehad Town, who were fleeing after injuring a citizen, SSP West Nasir Aftab said. The raged masses subjected the suspect to brutal torture, resulting in his death.

Police apprehended one of his accomplices in wounded condition, while the third one managed to escape the scene, Aftab added.

Karachi, a city of over 20 million, has long being plagued by terrorists and criminals. These miscreants often paralysed the megapolis in the past that eventually forced the government to launch a full-fledged crackdown in September 2013.

Since then, the city has witnessed a sharp decline in crime. Hundreds of terrorists and criminals have been apprehended, while some eliminated in encounters with the law enforcement.

The law enforcers, however, continue to conduct search operations in different areas to neutralise any potent threats to city’s peace.

However, the street crimes have once again surged in the city lately, raising questions on the law and order of the city.