Karachi: 11 ‘extortionists’ among 25 arrested
KARACHI: At least 25 suspects, including 11 alleged extortionists, were rounded up by the police in separate raids on Saturday, while the SITE police mounted air surveillance in Manghopir area. Acting on the complaints of some traders, the staff of Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Karachi conducted two raids in Korangi Industrial Area and arrested six suspects for allegedly threatening the industrialists to extort money.
Police claimed to have arrested six suspects – Rehman Qureshi alias Imran, Abid alias Kalu, Rameez alias Mulla Qureshi, Mohammed Faisal Qureshi, Mohammed Amir alias Aapaan Wala, and Shehbaz alias Sherra alias Shaintee – after an encounter and recovered pistols, four hand grenades and 600 sticks of hashish from their possession.
During interrogation, they named Raajuddin alias Raju alias Bholo Qureshi as their ring leader, who was still at large. They revealed that Raju used to send them to the traders with a slip mentioning his (Raju’s) cellphone number.
After reaching the traders, they used to make them call Raju at gunpoint when Raju would put up demand for extortion money while extending them death threats.
Police said that the suspects were also involved in a number of murder cases, including the murder of a trader Saleem Qureshi in Risala, Sabir Qureshi in Nabi Bux and Haji Raees in New Karachi area.
Besides, they had allegedly injured a poultry farm owner Nadir near Water Pump after he refused to pay extortion; Manaan, a butcher, in Soldier Bazaar; a bakery owner near Bahadurabad Chowrangi and many other traders.
Meanwhile, Soldier Bazaar police arrested three suspects who had been allegedly extorting money from the builders. SHO Khushnood Jawed said that they received a complaint from Rizwaan Builders that they had been receiving death threats from extortionists who had been demanding money from their new project in Machlee Market. The extortionists had told the builder that they would be coming to receive the money on Saturday. Acting on the complaint some personnel in civvies were deputed at the spot and when the suspects came to the builder in the morning they were overpowered after some resistance. Arms were also recovered from the suspects, identified as Naushad Ali, Farhan Ali and Mohammed Riaz. They were wanted by the police in a number of extortion cases.
Similarly, police conducted raids in Manghopir area and arrested 14 suspects and recovered arms from their possession. Inspector Shafiq Tanoli of SITE-B police station said that following receipt of several complaints they expanded their network in the area and also sought helicopter surveillance from superior authorities. After spotting the hideouts of criminals the police conducted hours-long targeted operations and rounded up 14 suspects after some resistance. The suspects were allegedly involved in street crime and extortion cases. Police, however, did not disclose the names of the suspects.
Gulberg police arrested two suspects on the complaint of Nawaz who owns a restaurant in Block-12. He complained that some extortionists were demanding Rs50,000 and they would be coming to him in the evening.
As soon as the “extortionists” came to the restaurant the plain-clothed policemen challenged them and nabbed them after some resistance with a recovery of two pistols. They were identified as Nasir and Syed Ijaz Hussain.
Ijaz was earlier arrested by the police in heinous crime cases and was recently bailed by the court, following which he again started his criminal activities.