30 suspects held in Karachi op
KARACHI: Law–enforcement agencies claimed to have detained at least 30 suspect militants and criminals in targeted operations across the City. According to details, at least 18 alleged terrorists were picked up in a targeted operation conducted by Rangers in Orangi Town’s Urdu Chowk area. Heavy contingent of Rangers participated in the operation and conducted door-to-door search operation along with the female searchers.
The entire locality was cordoned off and all entry and exit points were remain closed during the operation. On the other side, residents of the area staged protest against the arrest of the suspects during the operation. Enraged protesters also pelted stones on the passing vehicles and damaged several vehicles. They also shouted slogans against law enforcers and demanded release of detained suspects. Detained suspects were shifted to undisclosed location for further investigation.
Sources in Rangers confirmed that four alleged high profile target killers affiliated with a political party were also among the detainees and operatives of outlawed organisations were also among the suspects.
Rangers spokesman termed the protest against the arrest of criminals useless and said that criminal elements were forced people to stage protest. He said that protest against the arrest was a common practice for the release of suspects.
Meanwhile, at least a dozen more suspects were taken into custody during targeted raids conducted by Rangers in different parts of the city. The raids were conducted in Faqira Goth, Chenasor Goth, Nazimabad and Macchar Colony areas. According to ranger’s spokesman, about 29 weapons of different calibers including sub machineguns, rifles, shotguns and pistols were recovered.
On the other side, Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Sindh Police claimed to have arrested three alleged militants of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan during a targeted operation in Manghopir area of west zone police. The militants including Shoaib Mehsud, Khalid Rehman Mehsud and Aurangzaib Mehsud were affiliated with Hakeemullah group of TTP.
CID SSP Fayyaz Khan when contacted said that a suicide jacket, two bombs, three hand grenades, a Kalashnikov, two TT pistols, detonator, ball bearings with wire were also recovered during the operation from the militants’ hideout. They were involved in various cases of kidnapping for ransom and robberies in the City for terrorism financing.
The cases against them were registered while investigation to unveil their involvement in the recent bombing was in progress, he said.