Karachi: Over 2 dozen nabbed, huge quantity of arms recovered
11 December, 2012
KARACHI: The law enforcement agencies (LEA) on Monday claimed to have detained over two dozen suspects, including political workers and gangsters, in targeted door-to-door search operations in Mehmoodabad and Pak Colony areas.
Meanwhile, the inhabitants and family members of the detained suspects staged a sit-in against the operation and alleged that the law enforcers picked up the men who had licensed arms.
According to details, a heavy contingent of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, in the wee hours, entered the Mehmoodabad locality and cordoned off Karachi Development Authority (KDA) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) colony and started door-to-door search operation.
It is pertinent to mention here that the inhabitants of the KDA and KWSB colony were shifted to the area after the state demolished their homes to build Lyari Expressway and New MA Jinnah Road.
According to sources, during the operation, the law enforcers initially picked up near 400 men and took them to a ground in the same colony, and later allowed over 350 men to go home after initial course of interrogation, however, at least 17 suspects were taken into custody and moved to an undisclosed site for questioning.
The sources further said that political workers and a local leader of the political party were also among the detainees and further interrogation with them was in process at an undisclosed location. School going children also faced difficulties due to the operation.
Around 1000 Rangers personnel participated in the operation that was conducted on the pretext of the presence of anti-social and gangsters elements. The sources further said that the target killers were also among the detainees.
Rangers also claimed to have recovered 26 pistols, five sub-machine guns (SMGs), one MP-5 rifle, two 8mm rifles, two repeaters, one 222 rifle, 952 ammunitions, prepared improvised explosive device (IED) and a stolen car during the operation. They confirmed that target killers were among the apprehended accused.
On the other hand, Rangers spokesman, while paying thanks to residents of the area, said that the residents of the area cooperated wholeheartedly during the search operation. "We have a lot of concern for any difficulty faced by anyone, especially school going children," said the spokesperson.
Separately, in another targeted operation, the law enforcers claimed to have nabbed at least seven suspects of an outlawed banned organisation from Pak Colony area. Sources said that the suspects belonged to Lyari warfare and were involved in heinous crimes, adding that one walkie talkie, two hand grenades, three pistols, and 25 kilogrammes of hashish, were also recovered from their possession.