Karachi: 3 politically-affiliated extortionists held
KARACHI: The Karachi police claimed to have arrested three suspected extortionists – all of them with political affiliations – from various parts of the city on Tuesday and also recovered arms from their possession. The first case was reported in the morning to the Napier police from a Saddar resident named Mohammad Sohail, who complained that on April 12, armed men stopped outside his shop and handed him an ‘extortion slip’ demanding Rs50,000. He identified the suspects as Mohammed Yasin alias Raju, Mohsin, Irfan alias Sana, Siddique, Farid and Irfan alias Haider.
Sohail told the police that the extortionists warned him not to keep his shop open if he failed to arrange for the money by the evening. Fearing for his life, the shopkeeper pulled his shutters down.
The Napier police lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against the suspects on Sohail’s complaint. While investigations were underway, the cops received a tip that one of the people named in the FIR, Yasin alias Raju, and his accomplices were extorting money from traders in the Timber Market.
The police raided the area, but the suspects opened fire as soon as the saw the law enforcers and a shoot–out took place. After a brief encounter, Mohammad Yasin was arrested and a pistol recovered from his possession. However, his accomplices managed to escape under the cover of fire.
SHO Imdad Ali Khwadja of the Napier police station said that the accused was wanted by other police stations and had been extorting traders for the last few months. He also claimed that the suspect was a supporter of a certain political party.
Another case of extortion had been reported to the Mobina Town police. The complainant, Abdul Maalik, said he would be visited on a daily basis by extortionists at his bakery. He alleged that the men threatened to end his life if he failed to pay Rs100,000.
Sub–Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Chaudhry Pervez Iqbal of the Gulshan Division said that the Mobina Town police was directed to register an FIR in this case. The SHO of the police station, Idrees Bangash, asked the shopkeeper to call the extortionists to his shop on Tuesday evening.
The police reached the bakery in civilian clothes to catch the suspects red–handed. When the suspects reached to collect the extortion money, which had been negotiated down to Rs50,000, the SHO signaled the rest of his force to enter the shop and make the arrest.
SHO Bangash tried to overpower the suspects; however, they managed to draw their weapons and open fire at the law enforcers. After a brief encounter, the police arrested an injured Inayat alias Thunder and another suspect named Imran, while the rest of their accomplices escaped from the scene.
SDPO Iqbal said that the accused were wanted by the police in a number of extortion cases and also supported a political party. The accused were handed over to the Anti–Extortion Cell of the police for further investigation.