Karachi: 9 suspects held as Lyari crackdown begins
KARACHI: The personnel of the Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Crime Investigation Department, in a raid in Lyari on Monday, arrested nine members of the banned People’s Aman Committee (PAC) allegedly involved in heinous crimes and recovered arms from their possession.
On Sunday night many of the gambling and drug dens operated by the Lyari gangsters were demolished by the AEC. The Sindh government, while taking notice of the ongoing gang war in Lyari Town had named SSP Mohammed Aslam Khan of the AEC to crack down on those who had been involved in creating a law and order situation.
SSP Khan had also been assigned to dismantle the network of the extortion mafia and also assist the area police in the operation against these elements. SSP Khan, talking to The News, said that after having received the directives he, along with his force, launched the crackdown on the criminal elements in Kalakot of Baghdadi area late on Saturday night. Police arrested nine suspects identified as Imran alias Kawaa, Rizwan, Ishtiaq alias Channa, Ijaz alias Chawala, Javed alias Jaida, Shoaib, Farhan, Sharif and Hanif after an encounter. The suspects were immediately moved to the investigation unit.
Police also recovered five Kalashnikovs, two repeater guns and two TT pistols from their possession. SSP Khan alleged that the suspects were members of the banned PAC, and investigation revealed that they had been involved in cases of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, extortion and other offences.
Meanwhile, the suspects were being interrogated when on Sunday evening news about the murder of a leader of the Katchi Rabita Committee (KRC) in Kalri police limits along with a KRC member and a police official came in. The investigators went to Kalri area to preserve the evidence and also recording the statements of the eyewitnesses.
SSP Khan said that they also interrogated the above named suspects who disclosed to the police that a dispute had been going on with the KRC leader, Rasheed Katchi, and they had had a plan to kill him.
It was further disclosed by the suspects that the task to kill Rasheed Katchi had been given to Taj Mohammed alias Taju alias Ustad, Umer Katchi, Rashid Bengali, Abdul Jabbar alias Jeango and Jabbar Langra, and the accused thought that these people had killed Rasheed Katchi and two others.
SSP Khan said that on the disclosures by the held suspects, he, along with his team and personnel of the City Town of Karachi police, entered Lyari area and had it cordoned off. They raided Kalakot, Baghdadi and Kalri areas, but the accused were not present in their hideouts.
He added that he found many gambling and drug dens established near their hideouts for which he called bulldozers and had the gambling and drug dens demolished. During the search operation, police also faced some resistance from the residents and supporters of the alleged gangsters’ group, but they still managed to have the gambling and drug dens demolished and also recovered drugs and some gambling material. SSP Khan said that the suspects were handed over to the City Town police for registration of an FIR against them and other legal proceedings.