Alleged extortionists among 330 held in Rangers operation
Karachi: The Sindh Rangers on Thursday arrested scores of persons on suspicion and after initial investigation, formally detained 330 of them, including 14 political workers, two alleged target killers, two extortionists and a former Town Nazim of Baldia during search operations at different parts of the metropolis.
Rangers official, describing their surgical operation since Wednesday night, said that hundreds of Rangers personnel along with police and sniffer dogs carried out the search operations since Wednesday night in different parts of the city including Al-Rahim Apartments, Pehlwan Goth, Yousuf Plaza, F.B Area, and several sectors of Baldia Town and Saeedabad including 19-D, E-3, A-3, B-3, C-3, D-3, Rangar Mohalla, Banaras, Sohrab Goth and New Karachi.
They said targeted areas were completely besieged and conducted started house-to-house search starting from Al-Rahim Apartments late Wednesday and later extended to other aforesaid areas of the city.
Rangers’ officials claimed that they detained around 340 persons in these operations while hundreds of others were released after being found innocent.
Arrested suspects, including extortionists, drug peddlers, target killers and other criminals, were shifted to unidentified locations for interrogation.
They said they also detained seven political workers from Pehlwan Goth and recovered huge cache of heavy arms and ammunitions from their possession.
Similarly six persons, including two political workers, were taken into custody from Yousuf Plaza in Block-16 of F.B Area.
Following the search operation at Yousuf Plaza, scores of residents came outside homes and staged a sit-in on adjacent arterial to express resentment against this door-to-door search. The protesters, who chanted slogans against the LEAs, said the law enforcers had detained innocent people during search operations.
Raids were also conducted in different vicinities of Baldia and Saeedabad from where Rangers claimed to have detained some 300 persons including a former Town Nazim, Kamran Akhtar.
They further said the law enforcers also recovered weapons including 28 Kalashnikovs, 18 pistols (9MM), 40 TT pistols, nine snatched bikes and some 3000 rounds from their possession.
Officials claimed that the Rangers had arrested two target killers identified as Kamran Lamba and Imran, who belonged to one of the religious parties, from sector 5A of New Karachi and recovered two Kalashnikovs, two 9MM handguns, and 300 rounds from them.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Rangers on Thursday appealed to the Karachiites to cooperate with the law-enforcement agencies in the ongoing surgical operation. They said that they were committed to get the people rid of criminals and killers at all costs.
Addressing a press conference at the Sindh Rangers Headquarters at the Jinnah Courts Karachi, Colonel Shafiq Niazi claimed to have arrested over 100 criminals including notorious criminals and target killers during the last 24 hours.
He said that the Rangers had recovered 149 weapons from the offices of political parties and houses in the areas of Yousuf Plaza, Gulberg Town, Pehalwan Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Banaras, Peerabad, Sohrab Goth and Rangar Para, Baldia Town where the search operations were conducted since Wednesday night.
Col Niazi also appealed to the people where the search operations were being carried out not to create problems for the Rangers during the search operations by resorting to protest demonstrations.
He said that the Rangers needed support of the Karachiites to root out the criminal elements from the city completely.