Karachi: Suspected extortionist held by CID
KARACHI: A suspect allegedly belonging to a network of extortionists was arrested by the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Sindh, claimed SSP Mohammad Fayyaz Khan on Monday.
Police believe that the held suspect was also involved in the murder of a well-known doctor. Khan said that the CID had received a tip-off that a man belonging to a group of extortionists was hiding at a house in Sector-36C of Landhi. The police conducted a raid and took a suspect identified as Zeeshan Ahmed alias Shani into custody after a brief encounter. A Kalashnikov and 500 grams of hashish were also recovered from the hideout.
Ahmed was moved to the investigation unit for interrogation, during which he confessed that he belonged to an underworld criminal group operated from South Africa by two men named Johansson and Sohail. The group would threaten doctors as well as traders and if the victims refused to pay extortion, they would be targeted.
SSP Khan said that Shani confessed to his involvement in the murder of Dr Zahid, who ran a clinic in Landhi. The suspect said that the group leader Johansson had called Dr Zahid and demanded extortion money. However, when Dr Zahid refused to pay, Shani was directed to kill him. The group started following the victim’s movements and ultimately killed him near his clinic.
Shani also confessed that they had demanded extortion from a retired captain, also a doctor operating from Landhi. The doctor agreed and was later called near the Memon Foundation in Landhi where he delivered millions in extortion money.
Johansson also demanded extortion from Dr Shahjehan, who runs his clinic from Korangi and threatened to kill him if the payment was not made. Dr Shahjehan succumbed to the pressure and paid the extortion amount at his clinic in Korangi No-5.
Shani further admitted that they visited the clinic of Dr Masood in the Korangi K-Area to collect extortion money. The suspect told investigators that the extortion calls were made by group leaders Johansson and Sohail from South Africa, while the money was collected by him and his accomplices in Karachi.