Karachi: 4‘target killers’ held by CID
KARACHI: Four suspects allegedly belonging to the Lyari Gangwar group and accused of being involved in multiple cases of targeted killings and extortion have been apprehended by the personnel of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) Sindh in two different raids in the city on Tuesday. The police have also recovered arms from their possession. The accused were also involved in videotaping victims while murdering them. SSP Mohammed Fayyaz Khan of the CID Sindh said that investigation regarding target killing and extortion cases in the city was underway when information about the hand of certain gang war elements in these cases was received.
Acting on the information, SSP Khan sent separate teams to Khuda Ki basti and Mianwali Colony, who after two successful encounters managed to arrest four suspects identified as Amir Ahmed alias Bangali alias Chilka, Javed alias Raja, Ghulam Yasin alias Fauji and Mohammed Jumman alias Jumma.
The police also recovered three Kalashnikovs, three pistols, two hand grenades, two stolen vehicles of Yousuf Plaza police station from their hideouts. Moreover, hundreds of rounds were also recovered from their possession.
During investigation, it was found that they had murdered Malik, a video shop owner belonging to a rival group, in Paposh area. The outlaws also confessed to murdering an alleged spy, Zaheer Ahmed Butt, and throwing his body in Bara Maidan, Nazimabad. On similar grounds, they also kidnapped one of their own associate, Asghar, and threw his body in Paposh police remits after brutally torturing them.
They also confessed to killing Imran alias Kala, a resident of Khwaja Ajmir Nagri, due to his affiliation with a rival political group. Rashid alias Nana, an activist of a different party, was also killed by the accused over rivalry.
The criminals had also targeted a former associate, Mohammed Akber, in Garden area, for joining a rival groups and transferring sensitive information.
The suspects also claimed to have hanged a Baloch youngster from a tree and then shoot him dead on suspicion of him being an informant of police, in the Ramazan of 2011.
SSP Khan said that the accused were also involved in kidnapping for ransom cases. The culprits confessed to three ransom offences, including a kidnapping of two traders, Ehsanullah and Abdul Rahim, from Manghopir area after robbing their houses near Hamdard University. The criminals also said that they had handed over the traders to another gang in Hub, Balochistan. The traders are still alive, although the criminals have demanded a ransom of Rs60 million from the hostages’ families.