Karachi: Wanted criminal held after shoot-out
KARACHI: The staff of the Sindh Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested a wanted criminal. Niaz Ali alias Zalim Khooso is known as a symbol of terror in interior Sindh and was wanted in a number of cases relating to kidnapping for ransom, murder and murder of police officials, landlords and other criminal cases. The Sindh government had also announced a reward of Rs 2 million for the arrest of the criminal. Sindh CID Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohammed Fayyaz Khan said that they received information that a wanted criminal Niaz Ali was present in Karachi, and was present in Baldia Town along with his accomplices.
Along with his staff, he conducted a raid in the area and located the accused near the KMC ground. Upon seeing the police, the accused opened fire. The police retaliated, following which the police arrested Niaz Ali. A Kalashnikov was recovered from his possession, but his accomplices managed to escape.
SSP Khan said that the accused was wanted by the police in more than 100 cases. He had been committing crimes since 1993. The Sindh government has placed a reward of Rs 2 million for catching him.
During the course of investigation, Ali said that he hailed from Larkana. He had initially indulged in highway robberies, and robbed inter-city buses on the Super Highway whenever he visited Karachi.
In the 1990s, he suspected his mother of being involved in affair with a man named Abbas in Larkana. When he received confirmation, he shot dead both his mother and Abbas.
After the incident, he started kidnapping for ransom, killing police officials who were conducting operations against his network and the landlords who had become informers of the police or refused to pay the ransom money demanded by him.
He also confessed kidnapping Mohammed Yousuf, a landlord of Larkana and Tasveer Pathan of Dadu. After receiving a huge ransom he released them.
The accused also revealed that he used to kidnap businessmen, industrialists and bank officers in Karachi and take them back to Larkana.