HYDERABAD: Panic struck New Sabzi Mandi on Monday when private security guards of Market Committee chairman Shahnawaz Rind allegedly resorted to firing into the air amid a heated argument between two shop-owners over some construction work intended to be undertaken by one of them.

Reports said that a fruit trader, Mr Saeed, intended to build his shop on his plot Nos. 50/55 on a 10-ft-wide road in front of two other shops owned by Faiz Bhutto in the fruit section of the mandi. Apparently due to erroneous demarcation in the revised layout plan, they indulged in a heated argument.

Mr Bhutto told Dawn that Mr Rind was allowing Mr Saeed to build his shop in front of his (Bhutto’s) shops.

Amid a tense situation, Mr Rind’s private guards came and allegedly misbehaved with Mr Bhutto. Mr Rind also arrived and Mr Bhutto argued with him over the matter. The guards again misbehaved with traders and allegedly resorted to firing into the air. Some traders picked stones to face them but due to firing, they ran for shelter.

Mr Rind ordered closure of mandi’s main gate which caused panic among traders, who feared that they might be attacked by the armed guards. Police also arrived there to restore order.

Later, Mr Rind denied the claim that any shots were fired. He said he was there to check encroachment and when he tried to do so, some traders got angry and exchanged hot words with him.

Mr Bhutto said he feared for his life as armed guards were roaming in the mandi. He said he left the mandi following the incident.

Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

Security policy unveiled
Updated 17 Jan, 2022

Security policy unveiled

PAKISTAN’S freshly unveiled National Security Policy has broadened the traditional concept and included economic...
Bold decisions
Updated 17 Jan, 2022

Bold decisions

IT is a double blow within a matter of days. The Islamabad High Court’s order last week to demolish a navy golf...
17 Jan, 2022

Rohingya camp blaze

A HUGE blaze in a refugee camp housing members of the Rohingya community in Bangladesh last week has left up to ...
16 Jan, 2022

Omicron threat

AS Pakistan grapples with the fifth coronavirus wave fuelled by the Omicron variant, the state must take timely...
Updated 16 Jan, 2022

Grim picture

There is much the govt can do to create an environment free of repression and coercion so that democracy is strengthened.
16 Jan, 2022

Larkana jail unrest

THAT Larkana Central Prison authorities had to resort to the excuse of “cleaning the jail” to shift 13 dangerous...