Karachi: ‘Gangster’ shot dead, 187 suspects held
KARACHI: An alleged gangster belonging to the Baba Ladla group was gunned down by police in a shootout in Mauripur on Wednesday morning. Police said Ubaid alias Commando was wanted for over 15 target killings including that of two CID policemen.
Inspector Shafiq Tanoli said the police raided a hideout of criminals near the Chawalaware house in Mauripur. In the ensuing shootout, the police injured and arrested Ubaid while his associates managed to escape. Ubaid later died at the Civil Hospital. A pistol and a grenade were found on the body.
The police officer said Ubaid was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two CID cops in Mawach Goth. The bodies of the two policemen were found dumped at the Northern Bypass and Garden areas. 187 rounded up the law enforcement agencies arrested 187 suspected criminals in raids conducted in several areas of the city.
A Rangers spokesman said the paramilitary force rounded up 20 suspects in raids carried out in Malir, Lyari, Korangi, Nazimabad, New Karachi and Ittehad Town. Most of the arrested men are believed to be involved in target killing and extortion cases. Rangers also seized sub–machine guns and other weapons in the raids. Separately, the Special Investigation Unit arrested a man, allegedly involved in robberies and other crimes, following a shootout in New Karachi. The arrested man, Zahid Hussain alias Abba, was found in possession of a pistol.
Police said Zahid was wanted in many robbery cases. The West Range police conducted 31 raids in separate areas of the city and arrested 30 alleged criminals including 11 proclaimed offenders and absconders. They seized a repeater, five pistols, 13 bullet rounds, 1,935 grams of hashish, two cell phones and a motorcycle. A kidnapped person was also rescued in one of the raids. The East Range police rounded up 135 suspected criminals including a proclaimed offender and three absconders. They were found in possession of 11 pistols, 44 bullet rounds, 3,830 grams of hashish and 43 stolen motorcycles. Hashish seized The Pakistan Customs thwarted a smuggling bid by seizing 477 kilograms of hashish concealed inside a bus.
Customs spokesperson Qamar Thalho said their Anti– Smuggling Organisation team at RCD Highway signalled a bus heading towards Karachi from Hub to stop. However, the driver tried to speed away. After a five minute chase, the Customs officers managed to pull over the vehicle. The bus was carrying goats. On inspection, Customs officers found hashish in the shape of rods on the upper half portion of the bus’ floor hidden under sheets of cloth and hay.