'MQM's target-killer' arrested in Karachi
02 October, 2013
KARACHI: Law enforcers claimed to have arrested a target killer among 15 men affiliated with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), meanwhile police busted a group of robbers here on Tuesday.
Additional Inspector General (AIG) Shahid Hayat, while addressing a press conference at the office of the district east police chief, disclosed the arrest of the target killer of advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa, who was gunned down in Block B of North Nazimabad on Thursday. District East SSP Pir Mohammad Shah also accompanied Hayat on the occasion.
While speaking to the media, Hayat said that one political activist has been arrested in connection with the murder of Advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa and the suspect was affiliated with MQM.
Disclosing details, he said, "Police and Rangers in a joint operation arrested the killer of Advocate Randhawa from Gizri." The IGP said that more raids are being conducted to arrest the suspect's three accomplices.
Hayat said that the suspect, Syed Kazim Abbas Rizvi, would be produced before a magistrate on Wednesday for remand.
To a question, he said that criminal elements have intruded into political parties. But he pledged that police would cleanse the mess.
During the initial course of interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was associated with MQM's unit No 178, and also admitted to killing seven more people.
Separately, Rangers apprehended at least 14 people in several targeted raids across the city, including target killers, Shamim alias Goli and Sajid Hussain from Landhi No 5.
The officials also claimed to have recovered huge caches of weapons including LMG (Indian make), SMGs and rifles. Rangers have also recovered CCTV cameras installed by criminals to monitor LEAs.
Gang leader: On the other hand, police claim to have busted a gang involved in a number of bank robberies, extortions and target killings by arresting the ringleader, identified as Asif Mirza.
Speaking at the press conference, district east police chief DIG Munir Shaikh informed media that Mirza was arrested after police and Rangers along with the Rapid Response Force conducted a raid on a tip-off at a hideout in Baloch Para in Jamshed Quarters. Three of the alleged ringleaders accomplices, Ghulam Abbas, Hafiz alias Dabba and Parkash aka commander were also arrested during the raid. Police recovered two hand grenades, six pistols, one repeater and other ammunition from their possession.
DIG also said that the ringleader was affiliated with Lyari gang war, and was the mastermind behind Monday's failed bank robbery in Ferozabad, in which a private security guard was killed.
He said that during the initial course of interrogation, the accused admitted to robbing at least three banks with his accomplices in Ferozabad.
Shaikh further said that Shahrah-e-Faisal police arrested a member of the gang war, Riaz, who was involved in the target killing of police head constable Azizullah. The accused has already confessed to killing the policeman for arresting drug peddler, Mohammad Ali.
"The banks have already been asked many times to do proper security arrangements and adopt a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), but unfortunately, many of the banks are not following the SOPs," he explained.
In response to a question, he said that so far, a total 77 policemen are suspected for being involved in crime by District East police, and the department is taking action against them.
While sharing police performance during the last one week, DIG Shaikh said that 19 criminals were arrested during 15 police encounters, while 67 criminals were also arrested during separate raids. He said that five extortionists, 24 wanted criminals and 161 absconders and target killers were also arrested.