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December 8, 2019
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Rangers’ assistance asked for security of traffic police

KARACHI: Police authorities are seeking Rangers help to provide security to traffic police personnel in Karachi citing rising violence against them after another armed attack, on two traffic policemen in a Nazimabad locality on Tuesday.

Two traffic wardens were shot down yesterday near the Board Office traffic intersection in Nazimabad shortly after sunset.

However, their third colleague returned fire and the assailants rode away. A constable suffered minor wounds in the attack.

“The attack was responded with force by our young armed traffic constable,” said DIG-West Feroz Shah. “One of the attackers was hit by bullets fired by the constable. He managed to escape with his accomplice but we hope to get them sooner or later. The wounded traffic constable is stable now.”

The recent deadly trend in which assailants are targeting traffic policemen has claimed lives of nearly a dozen personnel within a few weeks.

Unarmed and without any regular policing training, traffic constables were later given automated rifles and pistols by the Sindh police for self-defence.

The Sindh police are looking towards the Rangers for the security of traffic policemen. However, it is not yet clear whether the paramilitary force has given its consent to protect the traffic police constables at busy intersections.