Karachi: Over 300 held in Orangi crackdown
KARACHI: Paramilitary Rangers launched a crackdown in parts of Orangi Town on Tuesday and conducted a house-to-house search that led to the detention of over 300 people.
The crackdown in the neighbourhood came after a week of target killings that left more than 30 people dead in the city.
A heavy contingent of the Rangers arrived at Orangi Town on Tuesday morning to launch the crackdown against those involved in violence and incidents of target killings.
The Rangers cordoned off Baloch Para, Faqeer Colony, Mominabad and Muscat Colony, restricted the movement of residents and conducted house-to-house searches, which continued for about eight hours.
The media was not given access to the areas where the paramilitary troops were conducting their operation.
The Rangers did not disclose the exact number of the suspects taken into custody. They did not give any information to the media about the arms and ammunition that might have been seized in the operation.
A spokesman for the Rangers refused to share any details of the crackdown. The investigations were under way and it would be too early to come up with any fact at this point of time, was his response to a question.
Sources said that the Rangers, after cordoning off the areas, went from house to house and asked the residents, mostly youngsters, to prove their identities. They took those into custody who appeared suspicious or failed to show any identification document.