Karachi: 12 gangs involved in bank heists identified, claims AIG
KARACHI: Sindh police claimed to have identified some 12 gangs allegedly involved in the recent bank robberies. Addressing a press conference at CPO office here on Saturday, Ghulam Bashir Sheikh, Additional Inspector General (AIG), Karachi, said the Sindh police had so far identified 12 gangs involved in the recent bank robberies.
He said the evidences had been collected and action would soon be initiated against them. Sheikh said some 15,000 policemen would be deployed at all sensitive areas and strict vigilance would be made to avoid mishaps during Muharram.
AIG said the defective standard operating procedures (SOPs) of local banks had provided lucrative opportunities to the looters to commit the crime. He said the records of bank robberies for the last five years had revealed that the robbers had only targeted local banks as the foreign banks strictly followed their SOPs to prevent such incidents.
He said the robbers got all technical knowledge i.e. where the DVR recording system was placed; how the system would be destroyed, etc before crime.
He said the branches of the banks used to send all DVR recording to their respective head office on daily basis but that exercise was not presently being practiced, which was not only helpful for the looters but also created problems for the law enforcers to identify the culprits.
“All banks have been asked to maintain DVR recording on daily basis, he said. AIG said the relevant SHOs had also been directed to ensure snap checking and patrolling, especially in the jurisdictions of banks during peak hours.
Replying to a question, he said the police officers, who foiled bank robbery bid on 24 November 2011, had been promoted and awarded medals. AIG said that both robbers, who were caught in the robbery bid and were identified as Muhammad Zaman Afridi and Sharif Khan Khaskheli, hailed from Kohat.
He termed the arrests as major breakthrough and said that three of five terrorists, who were killed in Sea View blast, were Chechens and entered in the city from Quetta route. He said the terrorists, including a woman, had planned to target Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine but faced unfortunate incident before they reached the spot. AIG said that two of five terrorists wore slippers while rest of them wore trousers and joggers and added that two terrorists, who wore slippers, might be suicide bombers.