KARACHI: The prime suspect in the DHA road rage accident, Khawar Burney, happens to be a stunt biker with a number of videos of him performing stunts on Youtube.
He opened fire on Zafir, an 18-year-old college student, and Zaid, a 20-year-old man after an accident at Do Darya in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area Sunday morning, police said. As a result of his firing, Zafir was killed.
Police conducted raids with the help of CCTV footage. Four suspects, including Khawar Burney, were taken into custody for interrogation. Two vehicles were also impounded.
According to witnesses and police officials, the incident took place when the victims, who were driving a Mercedes, tried to flee after hitting a motorcyclist near Do Darya.
“A young child has been killed and we sympathize with the bereaved family,” said SSP Riaz during a press briefing. “At around 9:15am, some heavy bikers were travelling along the Sea View Road. A Mercedes car carrying four people hit one of the bikers on the road. The biker, identified as Dr Rahim, was hit and he fell upon the car. Consequently, the brakes of the car were applied and Rahim fell on the ground. Out of anxiety, the driver of the Mercedes attempted to escape.”
Meanwhile, a silver Vigo was coming from behind the bikers, added the officer. “The word ‘Burney’ was inscribed on the vehicle in bold writing. This vehicle along with some others tried to chase the Mercedes car and succeeded in making the latter stop after covering some distance. Khawar Burney, the driver of the Vigo, then fired some shots using his 9mm pistol, which we have recovered. As per our observation, he fired between 12 and 14 bullets using the pistol. Two boys, seated in the front and back seats of the same side, were hit by the bullets.”
According to the police, the two injured boys were taken to a private hospital, where doctors pronounced Zafir, 18, dead. The body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center for autopsy.
The other youth, 20-year-old Zaid, was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with bullet wounds on the hand.
Story first published: 4th December 2017