Karachi: Gang of drug-pushers busted
KARACHI: The staff of the Jamshed Town police station claimed to have busted on Saturday a notorious gang involved in robberies and selling narcotics. A large quantity of arms, Hashish and looted property was also recovered. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Javed Akber Riaz of Jamshed Town said that Chaneser Goth, a low-income locality in the jurisdiction of the Mehmoodabad police station, is notorious for drug trade and gang wars. As the hub of narcotics peddlers and criminals, it is also called mini-Lyari and for the last three months, the Jamshed Town police had launched a very aggressive campaign against drug–pushers. They had arrested a number of criminals and shut down many narcotic dens.
In a similar move, on October 3, 2008, a planned raid was conducted on the hideout of one of the most notorious drug dealers of the area, Farooq Lala, alias Farooqa. The criminals retaliated by firing at the police.
However, the police party was successful in apprehending Farooq Lala’s manager, Sarzamin alias Kagi Mah, and Lala’s personal guard, Kaka Shah, after a brief encounter.
On searching through the narcotics den, the police recovered more than 500 kilogrammes of hashish, as well as T.T. pistols and 17 bottles of local liquor. Seven criminals managed to escape taking advantage of the narrow streets and the dense population of the area.
It is said that Lala was booked in dozens of cases of narcotics peddling, murder, attempt to murder etc. He is seen as a mafia leader who had employed more than 200 people for selling narcotics. He had purchased numerous houses in the area that are used as dumping places and hideouts.
He also has a panel of lawyers, who reportedly harass proactive police officers by filing various petitions in courts and serving them with legal notices, the police said.