KARACHI: As many as 75 people were apprehended during search operations in parts of the city as law enforcement agencies continue to look for those responsible for violence in Karachi.
As the country was celebrating Eidul Fitr, law enforcement personnel continued to conduct raids, including overnight, in at least eight different localities. Workers of different political parties and criminals from drug and gambling gangs were also apprehended. The suspects were taken to undisclosed locations and are being questioned. The identities of the suspects have not been made public. However, a huge cache of weapons was seized during the raids.
Rangers’ female personnel were also present during the operations. The Rangers conducted the operations while the police force served as their backup. Entire areas were cordoned off and all routes leading to operation sites were blocked. The areas being targeted include Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Kharadar, Surjani, Malir, Khokhrapar, Soldier Bazaar, Chenasor Goth and the Old City area.
At least 48 suspects were apprehended by the Rangers while nearly 27 suspects were detained by the police. A Rangers spokesperson said that a total of 100 were detained in three days. Forty-eight people were ‘found guilty’ and the remainder were released. The spokesperson also said that 30 suspects were taken into custody on Thursday night while 18 men were held during the first two days of Eid.
Rangers’ officials said that the operations were based on intelligence reports. Most of the detainees who were found guilty have been handed over to the police so that cases can be registered against them. In the latest raid, which took place on Friday morning, Rangers took several people into custody from a residential complex called Shumail Apartments, located near the Meteorological Department office on University Road. The raid began at 6 am and lasted three hours. Rangers personnel also searched a political party office.
The Rangers looked for their quarry — men involved in criminal activities including the drug and land mafias — in Kharadar’s Macchi Miani market, Old City’s Ghas Mandi area, Mehmoodabad’s Chanasor Goth and Jamshed Town’s Soldier Bazaar area.
The number of people arrested from these areas was not disclosed.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.