The recent piece of news that is no doubt going to shock many people is that the famous Rehman Dacoit was killed in the late hours of Sunday night during a Police encounter in the Steel Town area.
Rehman Baloch or famously known as Rehman dacoit, and sometime even dubbed as the robinhood of Lyari. He was a local baloch and was wanted by the police on various allegations which varied from drug charges to murder and gang war crimes in Lyari, but still the images of his funeral that are coming to us slowly and steadily give an image that its not a dacoit that has died but a great public figure has passed away.
It has been said that he was in jail at the same time that Asif Ali Zardari was in prison, and that is how the two of them got to become friends. This was the reason that after Zardari coming into politics a lot of people didnt hesitate in claiming that now Rehman Dacoit would have a free hand in the Lyari area and in the city.
Rumors also had it that he was the one driving the truck of Benazir Bhutto on her return home on the 18th of October and that he also drove her back to safety after the bomb blast.
It is hard for many, that would include me, that how is it that a guy like him who is involved in so many crimes would be made into a hero figure by the people. Googling Rehman Dacoit opened up a lot of pages and one of them had the following to say about him,
“Rehman Dacoit is a legend in Lyari anywhere you go and is titled, “Robinhood of Lyari”, probably because he’s the sole bread provider to thousands of jobless families …….I am standing at “Jhatpat Market” at the office of the so-called, Robinhood of the Area – Rehman Dacoit. The name of the office, “Rehman Enterprise” with a battalion of heavily armed men guarding the place. I did see a “Mohafiz” 4×4, the new Sindh Police Force established to counter, dacoits by Waseem Akhter – the former, MQM Interior Minister of Sindh.”
(excerpt from http://akchishti.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html)
In a country where more than 50% of the people live under the poverty line, it is not surprising that people would find their heros and saviors in people like Rehman Dacoit. He might have had a lot of charges against him, but I am sure that he might have done some good some where…. thus the crowds at the funerals.
Isn’t it ironic how the lines of good and bad, of morality and ethics blurring away more and more every day ?