Karachi: Gang of arms smugglers, kidnappers busted
KARACHI: The Criminal Investigation Unit (CID) busted a network of criminals, including arms smugglers and dacoits, hiding in Garden and New Karachi areas, and recovered a huge quantity of arms, including MP-5 and Uzi guns, besides hundreds of bullets from their possession. The suspects were said to be active in the city for the past two to three years and they were involved in major kidnapping for ransom cases, and robberies in banks and jewellery shops. No looted items could, however, be recovered.
SSP Mohammed Fayyaz Khan of the CID said that, on a tip-off, the staff carried out raids at the pinpointed places and after two separate encounters they managed to arrest Afroze Alam alias Guddu, Shahjehan alias Sajan and Farooq alias Kalia, while three of their accomplices managed to flee. Two Kalashnikovs and one pistol were recovered from them.
During interrogation, the suspects revealed that they had buried a huge quantity of arms in a house in North Karachi, following which nine Kalashnikovs, two MP-5 sub machine guns, three 7mm rifles, one Uzi gun of local make, two repeaters, one 9mm pistols, 11 TT pistols and one snatched motorcycle were recovered.
The suspects further disclosed that in the year 2008 they had robbed Bank Al–Habib in Taimuria of Rs4 million while security personnel were shifting cash into a van. They said they had also robbed the Al–Mustafa Jewellers Market near UP Mor, Al–Imran Jewellers, Al–Zaib jewellers and Al–Hamra jewellers.
The suspects also confessed to having robbed a number of citizens after they withdrew cash from various banks. Besides, they had kidnapped several traders for ransom. They also confessed to have killed CID spy Liaquat in New Karachi a few months ago and another spy Imran in Khwaja Ajmair Nagri.
SSP Khan claimed that the suspects had been operating for the past five to six years and they had snatched or stolen hundreds of cars and motorcycles. They usually committed robberies in cars rented from a shop in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Further probe is underway.
Meanwhile, Provincial Police Officer Sindh Babar Khattak has announced a Rs0.5 million cash reward for the raiding party.