Karachi: 50 ‘suspects’ rounded up in raids
KARACHI: As many as 50 suspects were taken into custody during several raids and operations in different parts of the metropolis on Friday. In the meantime, the residents of Pak Colony staged protest against the police operation and arrests of the innocent people and torched at least three vehicles during violent protests. Special Investigation Unit claimed to have arrested three suspects allegedly involved in target killing and extortion cases. Their arrests were made during a press conference held at the SIU office, Saddar on Friday evening. According to SIU chief SP Khurram Waris, in the first raid, the SIU police arrested two suspects, namely Syed Faiz Zaidi alias Mullah and Imran Khan alias TPO. The suspects were taken into custody during a targeted raid in Maripur area. The suspects’ affiliations were not disclosed. SP Waris said that the suspects revealed that they have killed at least half dozen people and wounded over one dozen others, adding that they killed five people in Khokhrapar area last year.
A Kalashnikov, a repeater and two pistols were also recovered from their possession. Waris further said that another suspect identified as Rana Zulfiqar was arrested during a raid at Parsi Mohallah in Mehmoodabad. He said that the suspect was threatening a trader of Korangi area for extortion. A TT pistol was also recovered from his possession. In Orangi Town, Shahzad alias Shaida, a nephew of slain notorious gangster of Lyari Rehman Dakait among four suspects namely Ateequr Rehman, Amir Ansari and Imran were apprehended during different raids in Faqir Colony. A hand grenade, two Kalashnikovs and four pistols were also recovered from their possession. According to police officials, Shahzad is the nephew of Rehman Dakait and was the founder member of the outlawed Peoples Amn Committee. He was involved in over one dozen cases of target killing. Further investigation was underway. About 18 suspected drug peddlers were nabbed during targeted operation in City’s outskirts including Manghopir, Kati Pahari, Sultanabad and Kunwari Colony. Police officials said that most of the suspects belonged to the drug peddler groups while further investigation was underway. A suspect, Ali Hassan, who was wanted to the police in killing two persons, Amar Islam and Tahir Mirza, during offering resistance in a robbing bid in North Karachi area, was arrested by the Sir Syed Police. Police officials said that the suspect was also involved in over one dozen cases of street crimes. Meanwhile, Anti–Car Lifting Cell claimed to have arrested at least 17 suspects allegedly involved in vehicles lifting in the City. ACLC chief SP Salam Sheikh while disclosing the arrests said that the suspects were apprehended during various raids in various parts of the city including Gulshan-e-Iqbal. He said that the arrested men were involved in stealing, snatching and selling of the vehicles and the suspects also confessed to have lifting several vehicles during initial course of interrogation. On the other side, a large number of family members and settlers of Pak Colony area staged a sit-in protest at Bara Board area against the arrest of 14 men who were lifted by law-enforcement agencies during an operation couple of days back in Pak Colony area. At least three vehicles were torched during the violent protest in Pak Colony area. The residents of the area were staging protest against the apprehensions of their relatives and neighbours during police operation on Thursday. According to report, about 14 people were picked up by the LEA in search operation and shifted them to undisclosed area. Heirs of the victims are still unaware of the whereabouts of their dear-ones. The protestors including women, children and elders reached Bara Board to stage protest. They were holding placards inscribed with slogans against the LEAs and police. They demanded immediate release of the arrested persons. The protesters burnt tyres and pushcarts, while pelted with stones on the passing vehicles as a result massive traffic jams was reported during the protest. They alleged that the LEAs, during operation, picked up innocent people and took them to undisclosed location. Some unidentified persons set ablaze at least two vehicles (PE-5968) and double cabin (AFR–2012).