Dozens of suspects rounded up, arms seized in raids
Karachi: In an effort to curb target killings and other crimes, various law enforcement agencies conducted raids in many parts of the city and managed to round up dozens of suspects on Sunday.
Raids conducted by the Rangers and the police also resulted in the recovery of huge caches of arms as well as ammunition. Teams of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA), the Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) and the Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) were involved in the raids. The weapons recovered also included hand grenades.
Police sources said that the raids were conducted on the directives of their department heads. The senior law enforcement officials ordered that action be taken against target killers and the extortion mafia.
Supervised by their department heads, teams from the CIA, AVCC and ACLC conducted raids in the Shah Faisal Colony, Keamari and Sherpao Colony early on Sunday morning. During the operation, the law enforcers also raided an office of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H). However, the police faced resistance and the suspects managed to flee the scene.
In the same operation, the police managed to round up six people who are suspected of involvement in target killing and extortion cases. The law enforcers also recovered three AK-47s, one repeater, eight pistols, several bullets and a stolen motorcycle. The suspects were moved to the investigation unit for interrogation.
In a separate raid carried out by the Rangers of Sindh, several suspects were rounded up in the Lyari area and a huge cache of arms as well as ammunition was recovered.
The Rangers said they had searched the areas of Singo Lane, Jhat Phat Market, Ghareeb Shah Road, Khada Market, Nayabad, Safi Lane, Niazi Chowk and Lea Market. The paramilitary force faced stiff resistance during this operation, but still managed to round up more than 50 suspects. The arms recovered from the suspects included Kalashnikovs, TT pistols and repeaters. Reports also emerged which suggested that the Sindh Rangers had arrested the UC-9 Lyari Nazim Fayyaz Malik and Naib Nazim Mohammed Khan Malik.
In another raid in the Behar Colony area, the Rangers arrested Shamsullah alias Aga, who is an activist of a political party and recovered arms from his possession. They conducted another search operation at the Iqbal Centre near M.A Jinnah Road and rounded up more than 60 people. The suspects were shifted to their investigation unit for screening. Residents of the area launched a protest against the multiple arrests, but the Rangers released the people after screening.
The Karachi Police had conducted another search operation on Sunday evening in Rizvia, Pak Colony, New Karachi and Moachko areas, taking around 90 suspects into custody. The detainees were subsequently shifted to various investigating units.
The police had recovered 14 Kalashnikovs, 319 hand grenades, 31 pistols and three repeaters. Separate FIRs were lodged against those suspects possessing illegal arms. The police teams also led a search operation in Sector-D-3 of Baldia Town and detained suspects with weapons.
Another raid was conducted by the Sir Syed police late on Sunday night in North Karachi, where they had arrested an activist of a religious party, who was suspected of his involvement in target killing and extortion offences.
The law enforcers said that a team of the of Sir Syed Police Station had conducted a raid in North Karachi and after facing resistance, arrested a suspected target killer and extortion collector named Nadir Shah alias Nasir. However, his three companions Shahab, Amir and Kashif escaped under the cover of fire.
The police recovered a TT Pistol with four Rounds and 50 Extortion receipts of religious party. The police have lodged FIRs# 461/462/2011 US# 353/324/34/ 384/385. They claimed that the suspect, Nasir, disclosed that he and his companions had killed six activists of the banned Sipah-i-Shahaba (SSP) in the Godhra Colony of New Karachi Industrial Area.
Talking to The News, Additional IG Karachi Saud Ahmed Mirza said that most raids were conducted on tip-offs from informers.
He said law enforcers carried out search operations in violence-hit areas where target killings had occurred. He said suspects were rounded up during search operations but innocent people were released after screening.
Mirza noted that search operations would continue in troubled areas until peace returned to the city and it regained its past glory.