Karachi: Bahadurabad encounter suspects sent on remand
KARACHI: Jurisdiction Magistrate, East has granted three suspects to the Bahadurabad Police on physical remand till November 1, 2008 on Monday. One of the possible suspects managed to escape during an encounter while three were arrested within the Bahadurabad police jurisdiction limits on Saturday. The suspects were charged for looting on-board passengers on a local mini-bus, stealing a mini-truck and possessing illegal weapons. The Bahadurabad Police is hopeful that during the remand they will be able to trace the remaining gang members, their hideouts, people involved in supplying them with illegal weapons and purchasing looted valuables. The police arrested Muhammad Nasim, 18, Fazal Hussain, 32, Nasir Hussain, 25, while Johlay Lal, 25, is still missing at large. Fazal and Nasir were reported to be injured during the encounter with the police, The News has learnt. The gang hailing from Swat district, during an initial interrogation, told the local police that they looted bus-passengers on a regular basis. The police have recovered eight cellular phones, four gold bangles, one gold ornament, ring and a pair of earrings, two wrist watches, a mini-truck and three TT pistols used in the crime.
The police informed The News that the absconder has several other snatched materials. The police, quoting the arrested suspects, said that the bandits also injured a few passengers but they do not have any evidence or details in this regard. According to Station House Officer (SHO) and Inspector, Nasir Lodhi, the police have recovered three spare magazines and six live bullets. Lodhi said that the gang was travelling on W-30, a local mini–bus, along with the passengers.
The suspects looted the passengers near Sohrab Goth flyover and at Moti Mahal, a local bus stop at Rashid Minhas Road. They forced the driver to stop the Shehzore mini-truck, which was next to his vehicle, Inspector Lodhi added. The suspects then shifted on to the Shehzore (registration number: KQ–1689), and warned the driver, Muhammad Ijaz Khan, the supplier and helpers not to resist, narrated Lodhi. He further said the robbers forced the people in the mini-truck to sit on top of the marbles loaded on it. Then the bandits ordered the supplier to sit down in front of the truck between them. The other two sat on the cargo in order to monitor the remaining staff, he said.
Meanwhile, one of the victims, Tanvir Ahmed, decided to follow the gang and informed a passer-by motorcyclist about the incident and asked him for a lift to chase the gang, Lodhi further said. “Near KDA Lal Flats, situated at Rashid Minhas Road, Tanvir informed the on-duty Mohafiz Police Force Van No. 24 about the presence of gangsters on a mini-truck,” adding he said, “Mohafiz started chasing the bandits and also informed the local police stations about their movement on the wireless network.”
When the Mohafiz signalled the vehicle to stop, it didn’t and the bandits attempted to escape after firing at them, Inspector Lodhi said. The truck took a right turn from the Millennium Mall, situated at Rashid Minhas and Stadium Road intersection, and then entered into Bahadurabad Police Station limits from PTV Station, he said.
“We were following the wireless information and were aware of their latest movement,” adding he said, “We saw the vehicle near Char-Minar roundabout and warned them to stop.” However, they once again ignored the police warning and attempted to escape, after firing at them, Inspector Lodhi told The News.
Eventually, after a brief encounter the police arrested three suspects while one managed to flee from the scene. One of the victim, Mrs Huma Saleem, who was travelling on that mini-bus with her family, lodged an FIR No. 100/2008 under section 392/34 Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) at Federal B. Area Police Station.
Ijaz Khan, who was earlier arrested with the bandits by mistake and later on released, registered an FIR No. 66/08 for his snatched vehicle under section 392/34 PPC at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Police Station.
The Bahadurabad Police Station lodged four FIRs on State’s behalf against the criminals including FIR No. 220/08 under section 353/324/342/34 PPC for the encounter and FIR No. 221/08, 222/08 and 223/08 against Muhammad Nasim, Fazal Hussain, and Nasir Hussain respectively for possessing illegal weapons, under section 13-D.