Lahore: 17 gang leaders go underground to escape arrest
LAHORE: Around 17 underworld gang leaders from different areas of the provincial metropolis went into hiding after the Lahore police launched a massive manhunt against hardened criminals, wanted in heinous crimes, including murders and kidnapping, gambling and land grabbing incidents, police sources told The News on Wednesday.
The crackdown on criminals, launched on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, forced many of them even to leave the country. The Lahore police have prepared a list of most notorious people of the city, considered to be the underworld lords and moved 29 names to the Home Department for detention orders.
Police sources further said they had got 11 detention orders of which eight had been executed, two were still pending while one person had been released. Around 18 detention orders were pending for issuance by the Home Department, sources added.
Capital City Police Officer Pervaiz Ahmad Rathore said the action was being taken against the hardened criminals without any discrimination. He said the Qabza groups had become a menace during the last several years with the cooperation of police and other departments, adding that the police were working with dedication to protect life and property of citizens and no negligence would be tolerated in this regard.
Another police officer, requesting anonymity, said that many new groups of anti-social elements had surfaced in the last few years. These elements usually operated in groups and had established links with the government officials with whose backing they were carrying out their activities, he said, adding that their mode of operation ranged from grabbing property to blackmailing.
“Majority of these criminals take their criminal activities as a normal profession. In certain localities, these groups are not operating underground but openly challenge the law enforcing agencies,” he said.
Those who have been detained by the police under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) are: Shahid Chaudhry, Muhammad Sajid, Babar Sohail Butt, Jameel Asghar Ali Bhatti, Mohammad Munsha Ghumman, Umar Javed alias Bodi, Hamayun and Naveed Ilyas. They have been accused of involvement in murders, attempt to murders, gambling and land grabbing.
Cases against Shahid Mehmood Chaudhry of Lakhnow Street, House 14, Street No 171, Sham Nagar, Chauburji, include 18 registered with the Lytton Road Police Station, two registered with the Sanda Police Staion and one each with Shadman, Old Anarklai, Mozang and Wahdat Road police stations.
Mohammad Sajid of 16–Hashim Building, Nabi Colony, Samanabad was wanted in three cases registered with the Samanabad Police Station.
No less than 20 cases have been traced against Babar Sohail Butt of Lakhoo Dire, Lahore, including seven cases registered with the Baghbanpura Police Station, six with the Manawan Police Station and one each with Mughalpura, North Cantt, Kot Lakhpat, A-Division Sheikhupura, Islampura, Old Anakrali and Shalimar police stations.
Jamil Asghar Bhatti of Ucheke Ladkhe, Raiwind, was involved in five cases, including three case registered with the Raiwind Police Station and one each with Shahdara Town and Faisal Town police stations.
Mohammad Mansha Ghumman s/o Chaudhry Barkat Ali, a resident of Qadri Colony, Walton Road, was involved in 36 cases. The cases include 21 cases registered with the Factory Area Police Station, three registered with the Naseerabad Police Station, three with Ghalib Market Police Station, two each with Garden Town and Naseerabad police stations and one each with Gulberg, Nishtar Colony, Kahna, Kot Lakhpat, Mustafabad, Sadr Faisalabad and City Sheikhupura police stations.
Umer Javed alias Bodi of Dohbi Mandi, Old Anarkali, was involved in 21 cases all registered with the Old Anarkali Police Station
Humayun of 1567/C, Nawan Bazar, Shahia Da Dera, Ice Chowk, Tibbi City, was involved in 14 cases of heinous nature all registered with the Tibbi City Police Station.
Naveed Alyas, a resident of the same locality, was involved in 11 cases of heinous nature all registered with the Tibbi City Police Station. Ghulam Shabir Bhatti of Uchekey Ladhki, Raiwind, who was allegedly involved in a case registered with the Faisal Town Police Station, has been released. The names of the criminals whose detention orders were pending in the Home Department are: Khalid Javed Butt, Kabul Khan, Mohammad Saleem, Ejaz Butt, Qal-e-Abbas, Naveed Butt, Malik Mohammad Amir, Noor Hassan, Ghulam Nabi, Mohammad Irfan, Shafqat alias Jhangi, Fayaz Hussain alias Niko, Shahid Lateef alias Usman, Shahanshah Khan, Mohammad Arif alias Gullo, Tariq Hussain alias Tara, Ch Iftikhar Ahmad and Abdul Rasheed Bhatti. Khalid Javed Butt of House 43, Street 40, Shamshad Park, Shadbagh, is wanted by the Shadbagh Police Station in nine cases registered against him. Kabul Khan of Dhobi Ghatt, Lower Mall, a symbol of terror in the City Divison, is wanted in 14 cases registered with the Lower Mall Police Station, including three cases each registered with the Ravi Road and Shafiqabad police stations and two registered with the Faisal Town Police Station.
Mohammad Saleem of Butt Hotel Wali Galli, Syedpur, Multan Road, was involved in 11 cases of gambling lodged with the Subzazar Police Station.
Ejaz Butt of House 43, Street 40, Shamshad Park, Shadbagh was involved in 19 cases including 14 cases registered with the Shadbagh Police Station, three with the Naulakha Police Station and two with the Misri Shah Police Station.
Qal-e-Abbas of House 3664–D, Ittehad Street, Lohari Gate, was involved in 12 cases, including 10 cases registered with the Lohari Gate Police Station and two cases registered with the Narowal police.
Naveed Butt of 1377-C, Suchamoti Bazar, Gumti Bazaar, Lohari Gate, was involved in 13 cases, including six registered with the Lohari Gate Police Station, three with the Tibbi City Police Station and one each registered with the Westridge police, Rawalpindi, Bhatti Gate and Shadbagh police stations.
Malik Mohammad Amir of Sattukatla was involved in seven cases all registered with the Satukatla Police Station.
Noor Hassan of Rasoolpura was involved in seven cases all registered with the Satukatla Police Station.
Ghulam Nabbi of Karam Nagar, Badami Bagh, is wanted for being involved 18 cases Badami Bagh area, nine in the Misri Shah police area and one case registered with the Sadr Police Station.
Mohammad Irfan of Rajpoor Club, Sher Shah Road, was involved in six cases all registered with the Gujjarpura Police Station.
Shafaqat of Quarter 5, Diyal Singh College Road, was involved in 14 cases all registered with the Gawalmandi Police Station.
Fiaz Hussain of House 2142/A, Bazar Hakeeman, Bhatti Gate, was involved in nine cases, including four registered with the Tibbi City police, three registered with the Bhatti Gate police and one with the Nawankot Police Station.
Shahid Lateef alias Bubli of House 2, Street 8, Mohni Road, was involved in four cases including two registered with the Sandah Police Station and one each with Islampura and Rang Mahal police stations.
Shahnshah Khan of House 132, Street 2, Karm Road, Bilal Gunj, was involved in a murder case registered with the Lower Mall police.
Mohammad Arif alias Gullo of 336/1-D/1, Green Town, was involved in three gambling cases registered with the Green Town Police Station.
Tariq Hussain alias Tara of 106/5/D-2, Green Town, was involved in two gambling cases registered with the Green Town Police Station.
Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmad of Bagrian Chowk, Green Town, was involved in nine cases, including nine registered with the Green Town Police Station and one with the Model Town police.
Abdul Rashid Bhatti of Ucheke Ladheki, Raiwind, was involved in eight cases including three registered with Raiwind Police Station, one each with Chuhng, Shahdara, Defence, Faisal Town and Township police stations.
Meanwhile, detention orders of two criminals, namely Malik Mansha and Shaukat Ali have been issued but they are yet to be executed. Malik Mansha Khokhar of Hakim Chowk Johar Town was involved in three cases including registered with Johar Town Police Station.
Shaukat Ali alias Shoki Changar of House 13, Block 1 Sector B-I, Township, was involved in 17 cases including 15 cases registered with the Township Police Station and one each registered with Islampura and Sattokatla police stations.