KARACHI: An angry mob chased a four-by-four and set it on fire shortly after it knocked down a little girl and her father in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Thursday, officials said.
The four-by-four was destroyed in the arson attack near the Askari petrol pump in Gulistan-i-Jauhar Block-19, while police managed to prevent the enraged crowd from lynching the driver and arrested him.
Karachi-East SSP Javed Jiskani later ordered the suspension of the Sharea Faisal SHO, who provided “wrong information” that the girl had been killed in the accident.
According to Gulshan SP Dr Fahad Ahmed, six-year-old Mariam was returning home from her school along with her father, Talha, on a motorbike when they were hit by the fast-moving Prado. Both riders were injured in the hit-and-run accident and were rushed to a nearby hospital, Darus Sehat, he said.
As the errant driver of the four-by-four tried to speed away, area people chased him and got hold of him near Millennium Mall. “Between 300 and 400 people surrounded the Prado and set it on fire. They also tried to torch the driver, Hammad, but police prevented them from doing so and brought the driver to the police station to face legal action,” the Gulshan SP said.
The vehicle, which was destroyed in the fire, was owned by a marble trader, Amir, who was not travelling in it at the time of the accident, the officer said.
“The girl remained in a coma and started breathing again after a while. Doctors hope that she will recover soon,” said Karachi-East SSP Javed Jiskani. He said he suspended the Sharea Faisal SHO for providing “wrong information” to his seniors that the girl had died.
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