Karachi: 24 held in Afghan Camp raid
KARACHI: Law enforcement agencies, including police and Rangers, for the first time, set their foot in the Afghan Camp and conducted a door-to-door search operation. The operation was carried out on the fourth day of the crumbling law and order situation in the city, which claimed at least 48 lives and wounded hundreds. The police and Rangers apprehended 24 alleged miscreants besides recovering small amounts of ammunition. The joint operation lasted for two-and-a-half hours in the area which is also known as the Kochi Camp and has a population of 1,500 people. “We entered the Afghan Camp for the first time in history,” Gulshan Town SP Sohail Zafar Chatta told Daily Times. “The operation was carried out to curb the fresh wave of violence.”
Around 500 Rangers personnel and 40 police mobile units, with two armoured carrier personnel (APCs), 15 Rangers mobile units, one Rangers APC and 11 motorcycles participated in the operation, which was carried out under the supervision of Colonel Sajjad Haider Rizvi, Gulshan Town SP and Gadap Town SP Rao Anwar.
“All the arrested men are professional criminals and their arrests were made according to the lists maintained by the intelligence and law enforcement agencies,” Chatta said. “These men always disturbed the law and order situation at Super Highway after any incident in the city. They have even been involved in various cases including police encounters, robberies, highway robberies and snatchings to name a few,” he added.
At least three to five high profile criminals wanted by the police were arrested during the operation but their names were not disclosed. “The operation will continue until the remaining miscreants are arrested,” said Chatta.
The operation began on Tuesday afternoon and the law enforcement agencies arrested 24 men without resistance but they also tortured some of the people while arresting them.
At the beginning of the operation, the police and the Rangers patrolled Al–Asif Square, Macchar Colony, Junejo Town and then finally moved to Afghan Camp. During the house-to-house search, the police broke into some of the houses to arrest people.
During the arrests the families, especially the women, were begging the police and Rangers to let their men go, denying their involvement in any criminal activity and riots. “We do not have anyone to run the families except them. Please do not do this to us,” they pleaded, teary eyed.