Karachi: Operation against Lyari gangsters continues; football ground cleared
KARACHI: Ten suspects were arrested as the operation against criminal elements in Lyari continued for the second day on Tuesday. During the operation, the Anti–Extremism Cell (AEC) of CID Sindh managed to retrieve Lyari Football Ground from the possession of the gangsters.
It may be noted here that taking notice of the killing of Katchi Rabita Committee (KRC) leader Rasheed Katchi by the gangsters in Kalri area on Sunday night, the Sindh government had directed the CID Sindh and the area police to clear the area from criminal elements.
CID Sindh had conducted raid early Monday morning and arrested nine members of the banned People’s Aman Committee (PAC) and on their disclosure another raid was conducted in Lyari in midnight during which they demolished gambling and drug dens from different areas of Lyari Town.
Meanwhile, police recorded the statement of Ibrahim Katchi, who had sustained injuries during the attack on KRC leader Rasheed Katchi, after he regained senses on Monday night.
He narrated the he was present with his leader Rasheed Katchi and other activists as well as police Sub–Inspector Khalil at the booking office of Rasheed’s project in Kalri. In the meantime, armed gangsters belonging to banned People’s Amn Committee (PAC) attacked them with lethal weapons due to which Rasheed Katchi and the SI were killed, while he sustained injuries.
Ibhrahim has nominated Umer Katchi, Habib Jan, Zafar Baloch, Rahim alias Darinda, Sikander alias Siku, Abdul Jabbar alias Jengo, Ameen Baloch and Police Inspector Yousuf Baloch.
Quoting Ibrahim, police said the complainant has alleged that Inspector Baloch happens to be a supporter of the banned PAC and he might have information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects, who have been booked under the charges of murder, attempt to murder and Section–7 of Anti–Terrorism Act.
Following the registration of the FIR by the Kalri police station, the AEC personnel led by SSP Mohammed Aslam Khan entered the Lyari Town for the arrest of nominated suspects.
Raids were conducted in Singo Lane, Phool Pati Lane and its adjoining areas, however, the suspects had already fled from their hideouts. Later, acting on a tip off, police raided the football ground and its adjoining areas but again did not find anyh of the suspects. During the search of the area, the police busted two torture cells set up near the football ground by the Lyari gangsters.
Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik paid a surprise visit to Lyari early Tuesday morning and went round the areas of Singo Lane and Aath Chowk and appreciated the efforts made by the police.
However, unidentified armed men again entered various Lyari areas on Tuesday night and resorted to aerial firing, forcing the traders to pull down shutters, as the life in the area came to a halt within half an hour.
Police said that law and order situation occurred in Khada Market, Agra Taj Colony, Nawa Lane, Singo Lane, Jat Pat Market, Cheel Chowk and Aath Chowk. Moreover, the residents of Lyari lodged a protest and torched tyres against the continuous operation by police and Rangers in their area as well as against the closing of football ground.
Meanwhile, in a late night development, law enforcers, including personnel of the AEC, conducted raids in Lyari and rounded up 10 suspects with arms. They also raided the Lyari General Hospital from where they arrested two more suspects, who were receiving treatment for injuries they sustained while allegedly torching a car. The police said that the suspects were involved in setting the vehicle ablaze.