Karachi: 60 held as operation launched in Sohrab Goth
KARACHI: A joint team of Sindh Police and Pakistan Rangers conducted a search operation against criminal elements hiding in a settlement at Sohrab Goth area and rounded up more than 60 suspects, including Afghan nationals, and recovered huge quantity of arms, ammunition and looted property. The team led by SPO Sohrab Goth, Irfan Bahadur, arrested 20 suspects and recovered weapons, including Kalashnikovs and pistols, and looted property, including motorcycles which were snatched during the spate of violence. The Rangers, under the command of Brigadier Fateh, arrested about 14 suspects, including Afghans, and recovered arms and looted items. Similarly, the team of Gulshan Town SP Sohail Zafar Chatta rounded up more than 30 suspects and seized arms, ammunition and looted property.
According to eyewitnesses, a huge contingent of police and Rangers cordoned off Sohrab Goth area and conducted a search operation in Ganaa Mandi in Afghan Basti situated behind Indus Plaza in Sohrab Goth, at Al–Asif Square and a locality situated behind it. During the crackdown, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel rounded up several suspects, some of whom tried to flee while others tried to resist.
An investigating officer (IO) said that the arrested suspects did not belong to any political group, and had taken advantage of the wave of violence during the past three days. Most of these suspects came to Super Highway robbed citizens who had come to the area to purchase sacrificial animals. The suspects also killed two residents of North Nazimabad on Sunday night when they offered resistance, besides injuring an ASI who had come to Sohrab Goth to purchase a sacrificial animal. The suspects also robbed a petrol pump on Super Highway on Sunday. The officer said that the names and their crimes would be disclosed at a press briefing likely to be held on Wednesday afternoon.