Karachi: CID arrests 6 ‘target killers’
KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department arrested six suspected target killers on Monday. Five of them, rounded up in a raid conducted in Mauripur, are believed to be members of a Lyari–based gang.
CID Anti-Extremism Cell SSP Mohammad Aslam Khan said his team raided a house near Chawala Rice Mill on Hawkesbay Road and after a brief shootout arrested Saeed Karim, Aurangzeb, Mohammad Ameen, Saud Faisal and Sameen Baloch. Three Kalashnikovs, two TT pistols and five grenades were found at the house.
The SSP said the five men were members of Lyari’s Mulla Nisaar group and involved in several target killings.During interrogation, the arrested men confessed to killing Divisional Superintendent of Rangers Muhammad Hanif Khan.
While the Rangers official and his teams were raiding a hideout near Cheel Chowk in Lyari, the gangsters fired gunshots, killing Hanif Khan and a passer-by, Shanti Kishen. They also disclosed that during the Lyari operation on April 28 last year, they had fired rockets at a police armoured personnel carrier near the Gabol Road intersection, killing Inspector Fawad Khan.
They also confessed to murdering CID Constable Fayyaz when the police raided their hideout in Kalakot. Their other victims include Qasim, Badaam Gul, Sadiq Lahori, Rizwan alias Raju, Riaz, Kamran, Yasir, Saleh Mohammed, Gulzar Ahmed.
The arrested men said they kidnapped a trader in Mauripur at his warehouse and freed him after he paid Rs4 million in ransom. They also kidnapped a trader, Seth Abdul Rehman, from his warehouse in Mauripur and of released him after receiving Rs2.5 million. They tried to extort money from a jeweller in the Old City area, but when he refused to pay them money, they kidnapped him. He was released after he paid them Rs0.3 million.
They kidnapped another trader in the Old City area and released him after receiving Rs0.8 million. Similarly, they kidnapped a trader in Lea Market and released him after he paid Rs0.5 million. They also kidnapped the owner of a car showroom and took Rs4 million from him. The owner of truck in Mauripur had to pay them Rs4 million for his release.