Karachi: Gang impersonating army personnel nabbed
KARACHI: The staff of the Clifton Town police apprehended a three-member gang of kidnappers, including two people who impersonated Army personnel. Arms, and a car with a government number plate, were also recovered from their possession. SSP Azad Khan of Clifton Town said that on August 3 four unknown, armed people in a Toyota Corolla car (No. GE–018), kidnapped a trader, Mohammed Shakir son of Mohammed Hadi) from N-Lane, Phase IV, DHA.
The accused, along with Shakir, were then going towards main Gizri Avenue. En route, they were intercepted by constable Ghulam Abbas. The accused fled leaving behind Shakir and the car. A case was filed at the Gizri police station. The car used by the accused was rented.
SSP Khan added that he constituted a police party to arrest the culprits. The police succeeded in arresting the three accused people. They were identified as Hassan Ahmed, Khaqan Javed Qazi and Rafique. Two TTs, one 9mm pistol and seven live cartridges, including two army Major ID Cards and uniforms, were recovered.
He maintained that the accused persons had kidnapped Shakir for ransom but their attempt was foiled when they were intercepted by the police.
Investigators probing the suspects said that the accused had links with the Lyari gangsters groups in the Ferozeabad incident. They were present near the house of a minister, when a police guard posted for the security of the minister enquired about their presence at which the accused told him to move back as an encounter would take place in a moment. And as soon as a patrolling mobile came the suspects accelerated the car and ran away.
They added that the accused had also hired a flat in Defence for kidnapping purposes and their plan was to send the ransom outside the country where one of their men was present. Moreover, the accused people belonged to the elite class and one suspect was the son of retired armed forces officer.
During investigation the accused disclosed that they committed these offences because of money and fame. Further probe is underway.