Karachi: CID arrests wanted dacoit
KARACHI: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested a dacoit wanted by the police in a number of robbery cases, most of them in Defence, Bahadurabad, Ferozeabad, and Gulberg areas. A large number of arms and looted property, including foreign currency, were recovered from his possession. The arrested dacoit is also involved in the murder of a police head constable. SSP CID (Investigation) Mohammad Aslam Khan said that they were interrogating robbery cases in Defence and Bahadurabad over the past few weeks and the gang reported by the complainants bore the same description.
Investigators came to know that the gang usually used the Baloch Colony Bridge on its jaunts. Subsequently, a search party was constituted, and while checking vehicles at the Baloch Colony Bridge, they spotted a blue car which looked suspicious.
The police officers signalled the car to stop. The bandits, instead of complying, opened fire. The police retaliated and after a shoot–out arrested Ali Gohar alias Majeed alias Majan along with his handgun, while his accomplices Imtiaz Magsi and Munir alias Fauji managed to escape under the cover of fire. During a search of the car, the police recovered a Kalashnikov hidden under the car carpet and Gohar was taken away to the investigation unit.
SSP Khan said that during the course of the investigation, Gohar admitted to committing robberies in Defence, Bahadurabad, Gulshan, Ferozeabad, Gulberg and North Nazimabad. Besides, he was arrested thrice by the Samanabad, Sharifabad, and Mobina Town police. He also confessed to killing police Head Constable Riaz while committing a robbery in a house in Defence.
Gohar belongs to Larkana and has studied up to the intermediate level. After completing his education, he came to Karachi and was appointed at a pharmaceutical firm but he left the job after a month. He later worked at a textile mill for three months, where he met Nooruddin in 1999. The latter worked at the same factory. Gohar said that Nooruddin cultivated in him a lust for money and motivated him to commit robberies.
He further disclosed that they had also planned to rob shops situated in Liaquatabad’s Super Market and were present in the area when a four–member police patrol asked them to prove their identity. One of the gang members, Arshad Fauji, showed them a fake Rangers ID card and introduced himself as a Rangers Havaldar. The police were not convinced, however, and asked him to accompany them to the police station on one of their motorbikes. Arshad managed to escape, however, when the bike slipped.
Imtiaz Magsi and Munir alias Fauji