28,000 arrested in 10-month Karachi op
KARACHI: Karachi police claimed to have arrested over 28,000 suspects and killed 392 criminals in various alleged encounters during the 10 months of targeted operation.
Karachi police statistics revealed that 392 criminals including extortionists, target killers and members of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were killed in various encounters with the police.
This was briefed by the Karachi police spokesperson Atiq Shaikh on Friday at his office. Besides killing the criminals, the Karachi police reports showed that some 13,000 suspects were arrested in eight heinous crimes – targeted killings, murders, kidnapping for ransom, extortion, terrorism, robberies, narcotics and arms while the remaining some 15,599 were among the absconders and proclaimed offenders.
The report also stated that during the 10 months operation, the Karachi police recovered three anti-tank mines, eight rocket launchers, 577 kilogrammes explosives, nine suicide jackets, 643 hand grenades, three light machineguns (LMGs), 186 Kalashnikovs, 7,201 pistols, 116 rifles and 125 repeaters. Sheikh told that there is a massive decrease in the cases of targeted killings in Karachi. “In the 306 days of Karachi operation, total 1,065 killings have been occurred in the City. In the corresponding period, a total of 20,432 killings had occurred last year and the credit goes to Karachi police,” he said.
Talking about extortion cases, he said in 10 months of Karachi operation, 1,181 cases of extortion were registered while 10,258 cases were registered in last 10 months of the corresponding period. Similarly, 84 cases of kidnapping for ransom have been registered in the first ten months of operation while in the corresponding period, 88 cases were registered while 1,480 cases of street crime were registered.
Though, the police claimed to have apprehended over 28,000 suspects, the jail authorities said they had only around 1,000 suspects imprisoned at Central Jail, Karachi and District Jail, Malir.
To a question, the Karachi police spokesperson said it was the failure and weakness of prosecution, unavailability of the witnesses and the evidences that the number of criminals arrested have so far been released from the jails without getting punishments.
It is pertinent to mention here that Karachi Chamber of Commerce president following the failure of police and rangers to control the law and order had also demanded handing over of Karachi to the Pakistan army during the Prime Minister’s visit to Karachi.
Traders have also complained that the cases of kidnapping for ransom and extortion have been increased by 70 per cent in Ramadan and police have failed to stop these incidents.
All Karachi Tajir Ittehad chairman Atiq Mir said the extortionists and kidnappers were again active and carrying out their activities openly.