90pc of recovered arms illegal: Rangers
KARACHI: Sindh Rangers have recovered 900 weapons and over 25,000 ammunitions during the surgical drive so far. Addressing a press conference at Rangers Headquarters here on Monday, Colonel Shafiq Niazi said about 90 percent of the weapons recovered were illegal.
“The rangers are going to establish its helpline centre to get information regarding extortionists, kidnappers and complaints of rangers’ personnel during search operations.”
He said that decision regarding the surgical operations in different vicinities was made at a high level meeting after reviewing City’s law and order situation. He also lauded the support of Karachiites during search operations, saying that the rangers had conducted successful raids and arrested culprits with weapons on the information of locals.
He said the rangers’ helpline would ensure secrecy about the informers and appealed to citizens to facilitate the rangers in its efforts to root out the culprits.
Shafiq dispelled the impression that rangers’ personnel were abusing the citizens during search operations. “Although the Sindh Rangers had received complaints in this regard, we are paying special attention on not creating problems for the Karachiites during search operations. Female personnel were also taken on board to rule out all possibilities of maltreatment and added that the house search were being made in front of the citizens.”
Moreover, he said the rangers have so far conducted 25 targeted operations at New Karachi, Old Golimar, Lyari, Baldia Town, Sohrab Goth, Shah Faisal Town, Surjani Town, Korangi, Orangi Town and other areas. It recovered 900 weapons and over 25,000 ammunitions.
He said the custody of some 80 suspects, who were arrested during targeted operations, were shifted to police besides some 128 suspects detained during snap checking. In light of grievances of business community expressed at a meeting, the Sindh Rangers have increased deployment of rangers’ personnel at industrial areas and also started patrolling with the assistance of area police to avert any untoward incident.
To a question regarding the dissatisfactory remarks given by business fraternity at a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS), he said the Sindh Rangers conducted search operation on its own information therefore there is no possibility to be misguided by the Sindh police.
According to rangers’ sources, house-to-house search was carried out by laying siege in various areas of Lyari including Chakiwara, Sango Lane, Gul M Lane, Raxor Lane and Jumman Shah Plot and apprehended over 130 suspects. They were shifted to undisclosed location. However, some arrested people including Zafar Baloch were released a little later after interrogation. Rangers took action in Baldia Town, Daud Goth amid strict security. As many as 20 people were arrested from the area and a huge cache of arms were recovered from their possession.
On the other hand, Saddar Town police cordoned off the Street-6 of Burns Road and arrested over a dozen suspects during the search drive.