Target killer, political party activists among 41 held in Rangers operation

KARACHI: At least 41 people, including five activists of a political party, were detained during operations by law enforcers in different parts of the city on Friday.

According to officials, Rangers and police personnel carried out search operations in Liaquatabad, Shah Faisal Colony, Manghopir, Sultanabad,Landhi, Nusrat Bhutto Colony, and Orangi Town in the wee hours of the day. The law enforcers detained 35 people on suspicion, including five activists of a political party. Meanwhile, target killers are still active and showing their presence through different acts. The target killers shot dead two policemen in Bahadurabad on Thursday and as many other traffic police sustained injuries in Golimar gunfire attack.

The broad daylight attack took place in Karachi area near Char Minar Chowrangi in Bahadurabad. Unidentified miscreants riding motorcycles shot down the cops. The victims, identified as constable Pervez and constable Abdul Ghaffar, suffered fatal gunshot wounds and died on way to hospital, a police official said. Police arrived at the scene and collected evidences soon after the drive-by attack. In a separate gun attack, two traffic wardens were injured near Golimar Chowrangi, police said.The traffic wardens were identified as Zaman and Chann who received bullet wounds in an armed attack by unknown gunmen.

It should be mentioned here that half a dozen traffic policemen were killed and several others injured in armed attacks in different parts of the city during the last couple of months, prompting the provincial authorities to equip the traffic wardens with weapons. Last month police claimed to have arrested a man involved in attacking traffic wardens. According to police, same group was involved in the attacks. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested two persons involved in target killings and extortion and seized arms from them on Friday.

CTD SP Usman Bajwa said operations were conducted against criminals in Garden and Manghopir localities of the metropolis. During separate raids two accused, Muhammad Yaqoob alias Mama and Muhammad Adnan alias Billu, were arrested. Arms, including one LMG, three Kalashnikovs, one rifle, a repeater, a pistol and dozens of rounds of different bores were seized from those arrested. Cases have been lodged against them and they are being interrogated.

A report by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has revealed that an extortion group was behind the arson attack that led to the country’s deadliest factory fire claiming 259 lives. The JIT investigating the 2012 factory fire in Karachi’s Baldia Town has prepared an initial report after recording statements of the factory owners in Dubai. Sources privy to the investigation said the initial report reveals that an organised gang of extortionists in Karachi elaborately planned and executed the attack, which resulted in the factory fire. Sources said further forensic tests will be conducted by the JIT in the ongoing investigation into the factory fire.


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