Karachi: 2 gangs busted, ‘major’ one still at large
KARACHI: Admitting that there has been a surge in bank robberies in the city, police have told a Senate body that two gangs responsible for them had been busted, while a major one was still at large. The police revealed these facts while giving a briefing to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights at the Sindh Secretariat on Friday.
“Lately, Karachi has experienced a surge in bank robbery cases,” AIG Crime Branch Bashir Memon was quoted as saying in the minutes of the briefing, a copy of which was obtained by The News on Saturday.
The senators were informed that a gang involved in most of the bank robberies had been identified and efforts were under way to arrest its members.
However, the police were reluctant to share information about the major gang of bank robbers to “ensure secrecy”.
One alleged bank robber, identified as Rustam Kareem Tanoli alias Abdul Kareem, was arrested in Mochko. He had robbed Rs15 million from four banks in different areas. He was also involved in 22 other cases of robberies. Another group of bank robbers hailing from Punjab was also busted. The senators were told that a hardened criminal, Aashiq Hussain alias Kashif Ali alias Kashi alias Aashiqui of the “Kashi Group”, and his accomplice, Mohammad Aamir, were arrested in the city on October 19.
The Punjab government had announced a reward of Rs1 million for their arrest. They were involved in a bank heist and 13 other robbery cases. Twenty four bank robberies occurred in the province in the current year. Eighty five percent of these cases took place in Karachi.
On the issue of target killings, the police pointed out that 3,236 people were killed in Sindh till October 30 this year. Of these, 1,965 murders took place in Karachi, 338 of them target killing cases. The police said they had arrested 146 target killers and detected 190 target killing cases.
The 10 target killing cases that the police claimed to have resolved include the murder of three advocates, Kafeel Jafferi, Gohar Shakeel and Badar Muneer; the killing of advocate Salahuddin Haider and his son, the murder of former MPA Sheikh Liaquat Hussain; the killing of four PPP workers, A Razzak, Mukhtar Shah, Haji Muhammad Sultan and Haji Zaman; the murder of a Rangers soldier, Madad Ali, the attack on a Rangers mobile at Safoora Chowrangi in which three officials were killed; the murder of Inspector Fawad Khan, ASIs Abdul Ghaffar and Mohsin Jafferi and constables Mohammad Arif and Mohammad Khan; the attack on a police bus in Chakra Goth in which nine policemen were killed; the attacks on WHO polio teams in which a paramedic was killed and a doctor from Ghana injured and the murder of 11 members of the Deobandi sect.
The police said they had arrested six target killers, who were involved in several high-profile murder cases. They included Muhammad Shah, Mehrab, Mohsin Baloch, Abid Ali alias Kalu, Saeed, Faheemuddin alias Kala and Aslam alias Dumba.
Around 336 extortion complaints were received this year. The police claimed to have detected 101 cases and arrested 181 extortionists.
A total of 2,339 police encounters had taken place this year in which 107 policemen and 145 alleged criminals were killed.
The police also claimed they had killed 21 terrorists and arrested 43.
On the issue of the video surveillance system, the police said 960 cameras had been installed at 164 locations, while it had been proposed to extend the coverage to more areas.
The senators were told that in order to stop police torture, human rights cells had been set up in each district. The police said the cells were being monitored by the SPs and SSPs concerned.
They added that other measures included adopting the community policing philosophy and methods and making “all-out efforts” to change the police culture, practices and strategies.