Karachi: TTP men held by CID
KARACHI: Two members of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) allegedly involved in a number of target killings and extortion cases were arrested in two raids conducted in the city on Tuesday by personnel of the Crime Investigation Department (CID). The police also recovered a huge cache of arms from their possession.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohammed Fayyaz Khan said that investigation regarding heinous crimes, including target killing, was underway when an informant tipped him that some members of the TTP were active in Karachi’s District Central.
The informant also said the TTP were operating in FC Area, Sharifabad and Mauripur. Acting on the information, the SSP ordered his subordinates to form teams to carry out operations in the respective areas.
Thereafter, two separate teams of the CID Sindh raided the hideouts of culprits in the FC and Mauripur areas. On seeing the police, TTP suspects opened fire, which was replayed by the police. During the ensuing encounters, the teams apprehended Shah Alam Mehsud and Mohammed Sadiq Mehsud at separate places. The police also recovered three TT pistols, hand grenades, a car and bullets from their possession. The accused were moved to an investigation unit for probe.
During investigation, the suspects disclosed that they had begun their operations in Sohrab Goth, and were later tasked with expanding their network to the Central and West districts, where they would extort money from traders.
The suspects also said that extorting money from traders and factory owners by issuing threats through phone calls and letters was their modus operandi. They further explained that if traders refused to give in to their demands, they would lob hand grenades at their offices and also kill them.
A case of similar nature was also lodged against the accused persons at the FB Industrial Area police station.