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Police say driver involved in Boat Basin accident arrested

Updated May 20, 2017 09:30am

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KARACHI: As the news about the death of a young man in an accident in Boat Basin went viral on social media last week, police on Friday said that they had arrested the alleged errant driver, son of a former provincial secretary, on the spot and seized the car, rejecting the rumours being circulated that a son of a feudal lord and politician was involved in it.

The young man, Sikander Mumtaz, was killed when a car hit him in Clifton within the remit of the Boat Basin police station on Sunday night.

“The suspect driving the car, Asif Sikander, was arrested from the spot by the Boat Basin police,” said Karachi South Zone DIG Azad Khan.

The FIR was registered on the same date.

The senior officer recalled that at the crime scene, the crowd wanted to get hold of the suspected driver in order to beat him and damage the car; however, the police prevented them.

The vehicle, which is at present standing in the police station, is in the name of one Maqsood Ahmed.

The DIG South explained that a video being circulated on social media was of the next day of the accident when the vehicle was being taken to the police station from the site of the accident. He revealed that the accused driver was a son of a former secretary of local government.

Published in Dawn, May 20th, 2017

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Kamran May 20, 2017 09:43am

I don't know if the accident is due to the fault of biker or car driver but it is now a normal practice on our roads that whenever a biker is involved in a accident with the car blame goes to car driver without any investigation and other bikers who don't know anything about the incident surround the car in support of biker.

I myself is the victim of a incident like this. Have to pay a heavy fine for no fault of mine otherwise either I would be lynched by crowd or arrested by police.

All the readers of this post will agree with me the way most of the bikers drive their bikes it is a miracle they reached their destinations safely.

I am not exonerating or defending driver of vehicle mentioned in the report. Just stating the fact that it's not always the fault of car driver in case of accident with bikes.

Khanm May 20, 2017 10:29am

Was it really the driver and not the owner..any eye witness..I don't not trust our police cos life is as cheap as twenty give rupees..

Shahid manzoor May 20, 2017 11:00am

I doubt the vehicle is resguster s in the name of some Maqsood Ahmed, AFR 2017 means it's a fake number plate and it has not yet been registered with the registration authorities. AFR 2017 normally mean Applied For Resgistration in 2017, no doubt he must be the spoiled ward of some high and mighty

Rajan Talwar May 20, 2017 11:01am

@Kamran - Same in India

Ayub May 20, 2017 11:20am

The most important thing is that where were the law enforcing agencies at the time when this driver was driving this car with no registration plate on a very important road even USA consulate there.The problem is that there are different rules for people.The time to take action against the culprit and those security people on duty who overlooked this arrogant driver.

SYED HASSAN HASEEB May 20, 2017 11:32am

why vehicle with fake number plates are operating openly on roads. so much checking with zero results. police pl atleast do some thing.

N.Sid May 20, 2017 11:36am

@Kamran Yes many bike riders drives in an errant way. One of the major factor here which I have observed and everyone must has seen it, any road say a three lane road is suppose to have three lanes of cars moving behind each others...the problem with bikers are that instead of moving in the lanes and behind the cars they keep moving between the lanes and between the cars.

A person at the wheel normally cannot easily see a biker moving on the left side of his/her car and if the car moves left, the chances of it hitting the bikers in between the cars increases...

Separate lane for bikers is better...

cONCERNED CITIZEN May 20, 2017 12:00pm

Definitely the biker's fault!

M Jamal May 20, 2017 12:07pm

How on earth a car with fake number plate has registered owner. The police job in Pakistan is to safeguard the interest of the powerful/moneyful for their personal benefits.Local police from the community is the call of the day.The car ownership documents is only in the name of car importer.

Bheesham May 20, 2017 12:13pm

@Kamran you are very much right...We deliberately think like that...

abu.ashhad May 20, 2017 12:23pm

agreed Kamran.

Sarah May 20, 2017 01:51pm

Yeah Right ... feel sorry for the poor "driver" who is for sure not driving the car and sitting on the back seat. How many time we have seen this - "Karay Kon Aur Bharay Kon"

Sailor us May 20, 2017 08:39pm

@Sarah very Sarcastic, & very apt

Torus Makto May 21, 2017 07:03am

What action is police taking against those wrongfully maligning a sindh assembly minister's name? Being an agrieved party does not give any one the right to do wrong to an innocent person and ruining their life /reputition