Karachi: ‘Target killer’ held by SIU
KARACHI: Three suspected criminals, including a target killer, were arrested by the personnel of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), Karachi, in two raids in the city on Wednesday. The alleged target killer was also involved in extorting money from traders. The police have recovered looted items from their possession. SSP Khurram Waris, chief of SIU Karachi, said that investigation regarding target killing and extortion cases was underway when an informant tipped him about the whereabouts of a group involved in these crimes in the Brigade area.
Acting on the tip-off, he ordered DSP Wasif Qureshi to raid the hideout of the criminals in Lines Area. On seeing the police, the suspects opened fire which was replayed by the police. During the ensuing encounter, the police arrested Zohaib while his associates managed to escape under the cover of fire. The police also recovered one 7mm rifle, a repeater and a pistol from his possession.
The accused was moved to an investigation unit for probe. During investigation, it was found that the Zohaib was a group leader to a six-member gang. Moreover, he was also a former activist of a religious political party.
The accused confessed to murdering Rao Gul Sher, Rao Adeel, Rashid Ali, and activists of a political party in the Brigade area. He told the police that he usually operated in the Brigade area as most of the traders ran their businesses there.
Zohaib disclosed that he had killed Sher in Ibn-i-Siniya Lane, an owner of three scrap shops in the area. The gang had sent Sher deaths threats and demanded extortion in millions but he refused to pay. Afterwards, a rival trader offered Zohaib blood money to kill the victim. At the time of the deal they had paid him 50 per cent of the Rs0.50 million agreed sum, he confessed.
When repeated warnings to Sher, to sell his business and leave the locality, went unheeded, the outlaw along with his accomplices killed the victim. To the criminals’ utter disappointment the younger brother of Sher, Rao Adeel, took up the responsibility of his business. He, too, was issued death threats but he was as obdurate as his brother. The gang was offered more money to get rid of the brother, to which they agreed.
The killer told the police that he and his associates had killed Rashid Ali, another trader from Lines Area, for not paying ransom money. Moreover, the suspect, describing his modus operandi, told the police, “First, I send my men to shopkeepers with a receipt of extortion money but when the trader refuses to pay, my men call me up so that I can issue them shooting instructions over the phone. Once the trader is shot, I ask him to not only pay extortion money but also bear the treatment expenditure.”
The accused is involved in more than 30 cases of extortion and target killings. Further investigation is underway.
Separately, personnel of SIU Karachi raided a hideout of alleged robbers in the Old City area and after an encounter arrested two suspects, Ibrahim and Nasir.
The SIU also seized two TT pistol and ten snatched cellphones from them. The accused were street criminals involved in robbing people in Old city and posh localities.