Karachi: Gang war in Lyari flares up
KARACHI: Lyari was gripped with tension Saturday as the gang war flared up and the police were engaged in encounters. The police claim to have killed one of the most wanted members of Arshad Pappu’s group, and injured and arrested several members of both warring groups. The gunbattles begun around noon at a slaughter house in Ali Muhammad Mohalla within the jurisdiction of Baghdadi police station between the sub-groups led by Arshad Pappu and Rehman Dakait.
“The gangsters attacked us as soon as we arrived on the scene,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kalakot Pervaiz Iqbal said afterwards. “We did not have any idea that they would target us.” Shortly after his arrival, he informed the Town Superintendent of Police (SP) and requested him to send a heavy contingent in backup.
When SP Lyari Fayyaz Khan arrived, the gangsters asked the police to leave and threatened to turn on them if they did not comply. Responding to the threat, Khan said that the police would not leave until the gang war had been stopped. Since it is their responsibility to maintain law and order, the police would return fire if it became necessary, he added.
Later, Arshad Pappu’s Ghaffar Zikri group and Rehman Dakait’s Baba Ladla group opened fire on the police, who cordoned off the area and returned fire. Khan claimed to have killed Ismail Afghani of Zikri’s group. He also claimed to have injured and arrested some gangsters of both groups. “Baba Ladla was also injured during the encounter. The injured gangsters could be dead because they were injured critically,” Khan said.
The gangsters had their own doctors who took the injured and dead into their care immediately. However, the police managed to take possession of Afghani’s body.
Afghani was involved in more than 45 cases of different crimes including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and robberies. Afghani was a professional gangster who had killed twelve to fourteen people, including some policemen.
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