KARACHI: The city reverberated with heavy gunfire on New Year’s Eve claiming at least one life and leaving more than 15 people injured amid tight security arrangements and warnings from the authorities.
Karachi echoed with gunfire and fireworks on Friday night, despite a restriction on celebratory firing.
Though the authorities had warned of attempted murder charges against the violators, the number of casualties this time was higher than the previous year, when only four individuals were injured in the metropolis.
According to hospital reports, a total of 18 people were rushed to hospitals after being struck by stray gunshots.
An 11-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment in Khwaja Ajmer Nagar, police said.
Six were transferred to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center in Korangi, four to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, three to Civil Hospital, and two to Sindh Government Hospital.
Iqra, a 10-year-old girl who was shot and injured by a stray bullet near Kohistan Chowk in North Nazimabad, was among the injured.
Haris, 14, was shot near the Ghaas Mandi area in the Napier neighborhood.
Asmatullah sustained injuries in Jauharabad, Farooq sustained injuries in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Ali Akbar sustained injuries in Baldia Town, and Rehan got injured in Malir.
The other incidents occurred in various locations throughout the city, including Azizabad, Ranchore Lane, Guru Mandir, Kala Pull, Saddar, Baldia, Liaquatabad, Korangi, Landhi, and Malir.
One of the bullets also struck President Muhammad Rizwan of the Electronic Market Association’s car. However, he remained unhurt.
New year revellers flocked to various locations throughout the city to ring in the new year.
Massive traffic was reported on highways heading to Sea View, especially Sharae Faisal.
The entire night, the city was filled with blaring car horns and racing motorcycle riders.
Additionally, fireworks and crackers contributed to the thrilling environment.
Police and Rangers were seen busy snap checking and monitoring the roadways in an attempt to avert any big adverse occurrence.
According to the police, cases have been registered on complaints of aerial firing, and arrests are likely around Karachi on New Year’s Eve for aerial firing.