CID arrests 3 robbers, large number of arms seized
KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) arrested three people in an encounter and seized a large numbers of weapons. CID SSP Fayyaz Khan, while speaking in a press conference held at his office on Sunday afternoon, told the media that the arrested men are the members of a gang involved in various crimes including murders, robbing, banks, jewelers and bungalows and kidnapping for ransom as well.
The arrested men are Afroze Alam alias Guddu, Shah Jahan alias Sajan and Farooq alias Kalia although three of their accomplices named Yousuf, Arshad and Amir managed to flee under the cover of firing.
Khan further said he formed a police party headed by DSP Mazhar Mashwani after receiving the information regarding their hideout in the Garden area. The culprits opened fire on the CID team when the raid was conducted. The CID team then arrested the robbers after an encounter, Khan explained. “We have also recovered weapons from another hideout in the North Karachi area on tip-off from the arrested culprits,” said Khan. The recovered weapons are nine Kalashnikovs, two MP-5, three 7 mm rifles, one scorpion, two repeaters, one 9 mm pistol, eleven TT pistols and a motorcycle snatched from within the limits of Saeedabad Police Station.
During the initial course of interrogation, the culprits confessed that they had killed CID informer Liaquat in New Karachi area and also that they had killed their own associate, Imran in Khawaja Ajmair Nagri area as they suspected that he was an informer too. They are professional criminals and have been involved in criminal activities in Karachi for a long time, Khan said. They had robbed Rs 4 million from a private bank branch in Taimoria area last year. They also robbed Al–Mustafa jeweler market in UP Mor area and three other jewelry shops located in the same area. “The culprits also confessed to kidnapping people for ransom,” Khan said. They robbed dozens of people while they were withdrawing money from separate banks and snatched over 100 vehicles from different parts of the city. They used rented vehicles from a rent-a-car service, owned by Khalid in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, for illegal purposes, Khan added. Further investigation is in progress. In the meanwhile, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Babar Khattak has announced Rs 0.5 million as reward money for the CID team.