Karachi: Police crackdown leads to multiple arrests
Karachi: The police on Tuesday managed to bust a network of criminal and terrorist groups that were involved in murder, kidnapping for ransom and robbery.
Personnel of the Anti Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Criminal Investegation Department (CID) claimed to have arrested members of the notorious Arshad Pappu gangster group who were suspected to be involved in a number of criminal cases and gang wars. The law enforcers also recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
AEC Chief Mohammad Aslam said that the police had received a tip off that wanted Lyari gangsters were present in the Nayabad area. Responding to this information, the officer directed his subordinates to conduct a raid under the supervision of DSP Ali Raza. Following a brief encounter in the Nayabad area, the police arrested Sohail Abro, Siraj-ud–Din alias Zubair Lakha and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
The recovered armed included two Kalashnikovs, two repeaters, 10 hand grenades, a rifle, two TT pistols, and several bullets of the recovered weapons. Eight kilogrammes of hashish were also found on the suspects.
SSP Khan said that during a separate raid in the Mauripur area, the police arrested four more outlaws. He added that a team of the AEC was acting on information and raided the Mauripur Truck Stand and after an encounter, arrested Mohammed Nabi, Mohammad Nadeem, Chand and Mohammed Asif. They also recovered to TT pistols and Rs200,000 in cash from the suspects.
The detainees had been wanted by the police in target killing cases and it was suspected that were being paid by various criminal groups to commit such offences. They were also allegedly involved in the killing of police officials, kidnapping for ransom and 18 other criminal cases.
During the investigation, the suspects disclosed that they had robbed the house of famous singer Ataullah Khan Niazi’s manager. They had made away with 70 Tolas of gold and Rs1.9 million in cash, of which the police had recovered a small portion. An investigation to recover the remaining amount was underway.
In the third raid of the day, personnel of the AEC arrested a Tehrikh-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Swat leader. SSP Khan said that the police raided a house near the Khyber Chowk in Ittehad Town and arrested Ali Imran alias Imran Shah aka Tariq and recovered a pistol from his possession.
He was shifted to the investigation unit for further interrogation. During the probe, it was found that Imran Shah belonged to the TTP Swat and was involved in attacks on security forces, government installations and also bombed schools in the area.
The suspected terrorist was believed to be well-trained and had expertise in making bombs. A case was reported and an investigation is underway.