Indian-origin girl killed in South Africa Car Hijacking

Indian origin girl killed in South Africa Car Hijacking pardesi news 1527831086

A nine-year-old girl was shot dead during a botched car hijacking in South Africa, leading to angry protests by the community members in the Indian township of Chatsworth in Durban.


An Indian-origin girl, Sadia Sukhraj, 9, was leaving her grandparents' house along with her father Shailendra when three armed men hijacked their car, forced her father out and sped away with her. The hijacked car was pursued by the child’s father during which, he and the hijackers shot at each other. Soon after, the hijackers lost control over the car and hit a truck. The girl was found shot and critically injured when she was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries.

One of the suspects tumbled out of the car dead while another one was arrested by an off-duty officer. A third suspect remains at large.

Following this incident, the small contingent of officers at Chatsworth police station faced strong verbal abuse and threats by the protestors. They resorted to using stun grenades, tear gas and firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowd which unfortunately included scores of children.


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