Karachi: ‘LeJ Karachi chief’ arrested
KARACHI: The Karachi chief of the banned sectarian outfit Lashkar–e-Jhangvi (LeJ), wanted in a number of sectarian killing cases, was arrested after an encounter in Mauripur, police said on Tuesday. A number of weapons and a hand grenade were also seized in the operation. During investigations on targeted killings, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Karachi police was informed about the presence of LeJ militants in the Lucky Pahari area of Mauripur.
When the police went to search the hideout, the suspects opened fire at the law enforcers. In the ensuing encounter, police arrested Tariq Shafi Ansari, who goes by several aliases such as Doctor, Haji and Baray Mian. His accomplices, however, escaped from the hideout under the cover of fire. A hand grenade, one .44 rifle, one 8mm pistol and a TT pistol along with several rounds were seized in the crackdown.
During interrogation, police learnt that Ansari became the LeJ Karachi chief after his predecessor Hafiz Qasim Rasheed was arrested last year. Ansari’s gang consisted of Waseem Baroodi, Zeeshan and Naseem alias Firon.
The suspected militant had been earlier arrested in 2001 and was imprisoned until 2008. Then he was released after courts granted his bail. Ansari formed his gang again and started murdering people belonging to the Shia community.
The police also found a “hit–list” with the suspect. SIU police said the Ansari gang had killed Syed Ahsan Abbas Naqvi in Karimabad on April 3 last year; Dr Hassan Alam Zaidi in New Karachi and Mushtaq Hussain in SITE on January 22.
The gang members were also wanted in the murder cases of Syed Qamar Raza Naqvi in Nazimabad on February 9; Hassan Safdar Naqvi in North Nazimabad; Syed Akmal Mohsin Rizvi at Jamshed Quarters; Prof Sibte Jafar in Liaquatabad earlier this year. Further investigations are under way.