HYDERABAD: Bodies of five men are found under mysterious circumstances around historic gravesite of Noori Jam Tamachi in Keenjhar Lake, Thattta Saturday evening.

Police are probing the incident and collecting initial facts. There are conflicting accounts available regarding the incident.

Police said that five persons had come from Karachi in a car at Keenjhar lake resort in Thatta within the jurisdiction of Keenjhar police station. They hired a launch which is normally used by people for visiting grave that is located in middle of the lake.

“The launch operator told police that tourists told him to pick them up after two hours and when he returned he found bodies with bullet injuries in their skulls,” DIG police Hyderabad range, Akram Naeem Bharoka told Dawn.com over phone.

He said that police are verifying facts as this is just preliminary information.

The deceased are identified as Mohammad Ali Riaz and Adnan Saeed Khan, residents of PECHS Karachi, Sohail Ahmed, a resident of Nazimabad, Bilal Ayub Khan from Chaklala, Rawalpindi and Jehangir Akhtar, a resident of Gilgit. His permanent address, however, is said to be of Ghorabari, Thatta district.

Police officials believed that around seven tourists had arrived at the lake. Another account is that launch operator had fled from scene.

Normally, it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to reach the gravesite of Noori – a character of one of the popular folk romances which is part of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s poetry – from the bank of Keenjhar Lake.

The lake is a famous tourist resort in the lower Sindh region. According to legend, Noori is buried in the middle of the lake. But it is mostly visited during summer season as tourists bath and swim in the lake. Only a small number of people arrive at the lake in winter.

SSP Thatta Haseeb Afzal confirmed these multiple murders and said that police are verifying facts.

“We are checking facts for involvement of others,” he said. He wondered how five persons could be murdered at the gravesite. “There are others who are there and fled after killing them,” he added.

Police sources said that they are cross-verifying statement of boat operator, Gul Mohammad. He is in custody of police reportedly. Source said that he was told by deceased to pick them up after around two hours or they will call him themselves over phone.

“When he didn’t get phone call and sun set was about to take place the boat owner went to gravesite of Noori only to find the bodies with bullet marks in their skull,” said an official.

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Ayesha Khan
December 29, 2013 12:07 am

Very sad and a strange incident, in the midst of the lake who would target all five, besides they had mobile phones with in case they encountered any danger some would have attempted to make a call. But according to the man who took them in his boat he was asked to come back after two hours.

There's a possibility that one among the five must have had some enmity and he shot all the four in the head and then lastly shot himself too in the head. He must have thrown the weapon in the lake. Well this is all my personal assumption only the police will find the true facts.

Ali Raza
December 29, 2013 7:22 pm

Its is very sad feeling to hear about this incidence. My condolences to grieved family and specially wife of Ali Riaz.All I can offer is prayers to you my daughter and your and family of Ali Riaz.

FAWAD QAYYUM
December 30, 2013 3:22 am

@Ayesha Khan: How come fifth one throw weapon after shooting himself in the head, just a thought again Ayesha

Alma Zaidi
December 31, 2013 6:47 pm

strong text I taught Jehangir as a child at school at karachi and since i remember him well and his sister as well i send my condolences to the family, and pray for his soul to rest in peace, also I hope they can solve the mysterious deaths of all these friends.. distressed by the news your teacher Alma

Alma Zaidi
December 31, 2013 6:51 pm

my condolences with Jehangir's family and his sister both of whom i had taught about more than two decades ago at Karachi and knew Jehangir as a very lively child who left us to join the army. It is a sad news for all of us and also very mysterious and hope the truth can be found as it is very distressing for all. Meanwhile I send my condolences to the whole family. Alma Zaidistrong text**

Arshad Raza
January 1, 2014 1:21 am

I am truly sorry for the families, no one deserve to die like this every human life is important. I am sure Allah (SWT) will take care of them Insha Allah.

Ayesha Khan, I like your way of thinking however I do disagree with you that police will find out true facts, are you having a laugh Pakistani police has always three priorities money, money and money.

My personal opinion is that if Pakistan will sack all the police force, I am pretty sure more than half of the crimes will be reduced automatically in Pakistan however our elite class won't do this as more than half of the police is for their protection not for the masses of Pakistan.

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