84 held with arms, explosives in Mardan
MARDAN: Police claimed to have arrested 84 suspected persons and recovered huge quantity of explosive and weapons during a mid-night crackdown in rural areas of Mardan district against the criminals.
Briefing reporters on Thursday, District Police Officer Dr Syed Zeeshan Raza said the police launched the over-night operation against the criminals in the limits of Chura police station. He said various dens of criminals in Gujarat and Bakhshali villages and its surrounding areas were raided to arrest scores of suspected people involved in crime.
He said five kilogram of explosives material, 1.5 metre prima cord, two Kalashnikov rifles two pistols 112 bore and 35 rounds were also recovered during the operation. Despite the police claims, crime is rampant in Mardan district where aerial fire, bombing schools and highway thefts have increased. Police remained unsuccessful in arresting any of the militants and criminals involved in the bombing of the two girls’ schools and one boys college.