Karachi: Criminals apprehended at last
KARACHI: The Memon community, residing within Bahadurabad Police jurisdiction, has announced a cash reward for local police personnel for saving citizens’ lives. Inspector and Station House Officer (SHO) Nasir Lodhi, Police Constables Rafakat Ali, Muhammad Ali and Muhammad Ijaz will collectively receive Rs20,000 while the community has already paid Rs2,000 to the police driver, The News has learnt. Superintendent Police (SP), Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, Sohail Zafar Chatta, has recommended to the higher authorities to issue a Class I Certificates to the SHO.
He has also asked the authorities to announce promotions of the said constables into next grade on their successful raid, The News further learnt.
SHO Lodhi told The News that the Bahadurabad Police conducted a raid at 1.30 am in between the night of Wednesday and Thursday. “We received information regarding the presence of criminals at 179 C P Barrar Society,” he explained. When the police arrived at the scene, they saw three armed persons covering some local residents with weapons and forcing them to handover their valuables.
The group of people regularly sit at this place and discuss their experiences with each other, he added. The girl came to them and asked for an address, meanwhile other gang members came and took every one at gunpoint, Lodhi said.
After a brief encounter one of the alleged criminal was killed while two young bandits, brother and sister, were arrested, Lodhi added. However, two others fled with some cash and snatched cellular phones, Lodhi claimed.
The police recovered five cellular phones and Rs9,500 from the arrested accused while the escaped bandits were able to collect five mobile handsets and Rs4,500 from the residents before they took flight from the scene, Lodhi elaborated.
The deceased received two bullets in the leg and one in his abdomen. He was recognised as Ifrahim Ali, who was in his late 20s. The brother and sister were identified as Laiba, 18, and Ashan, 14, whereas police still do not know the absconders’ names, he said.
According to Lodhi, the gang also looted a shopkeeper in Mehmoodabad before committing other crimes in his area. The bandits fired 10 bullets at the police party while the police shot six bullets in retaliation, explained Lodhi.
The police recovered three TT pistols and 14 live bullets from their possession.
Sub Inspector and the Investigation Officer, Muhammad Suleman told The News that Jurisdiction Magistrate, 7, East have ordered jail custody for the offenders.
Earlier, Laiba was kept at the Women Police Station, former Civil Line Police Station during night hours as the police cannot keep her at the police station, he said. The body of the deceased was received by the family members from Edhi Morgue, Sohrab Goth, said Suleman. He said that they will submit the case Challan till October 30.
Ifrahim had a criminal record, he had been arrested by SITE, Defence, Brigade and Mehmoodabad Police Stations and was on bail, the IO added. The deceased was a resident of Mehran Town, Korangi Industrial Area and had recently shifted from Mehmoodabad Colony.
He belongs to Gujranwala, Suleman disclosed. Laiba is a resident of Shumaila Garden, Manzoor Colony, and was studying in Second Year while Ashan was a student of Class VIII. He added that parents of juvenile bandits had alleged that Ifrahim threatened their children forcing them into crime.
However, SHO Lodhi added that Ifrahim, after leaving his family, started living with Laiba’s family. “Ifrahim was also involved in the Baloch Colony incident, where a shopkeeper was killed by outlaws with a fake bomb attached to the deceased’s body to spread fear among the people,” he said.
The police has lodged FIR No. 207 against the criminals on the request of Yaseen Abdullah Nabiwala under section 395, 353, 324/34 and FIR 208, 209 and 210 under section 13-D for possessing illegal weapon. The FIR No. 208 was lodged against deceased Ifrahim while 209 and 210 was respectively lodged against Ashan and Laiba on behalf of the police. The police have also recovered the 125 CG motorcycle used by these criminals.