KARACHI: Police and Rangers arrested three more target killers in multiple raids across affected areas, reported Express 24/7 on Sunday.
According to police officials, suspected target killers were arrested from Lines Area, New Karachi and Lyari Bakra Peeri area.
Earlier in the day the police had arrested a suspected target killer called Shehroze, whose details they said they would reveal to the media later in the day.
He was arrested from Lines Area and had confessed to have killed five people including a police informer Iftikhar whose body was recovered from New Karachi on Shehroze's indication. A TT pistol and dagger were also recovered from Shehroze which he claimed to have used to slit Iftikhar’s throat.
The second suspect, Muhammed Ali alias ‘Kuppi’ was arrested from New Karachi. A pistol was recovered from him.
A third suspected target killer called Majid alias ‘Kaalu’ was arrested from Pak Colony. According to police officials, he was involved in the killing of two people and was also running an extortion ring from Lyari Bakra Peeri area.
In another raid conducted by Rangers in Lyari on a gambling den, Abdul Majeed alias ‘Bubble’ was arrested along with five other.
Earlier the police had arrested an alleged target killer during an ongoing operation in Karachi meant to curb the rising violence in the city, reported Express 24/7 on Sunday.
Sources said that the Special Investigation Unit of police arrested the target killer during a raid and shifted him to an undisclosed location for investigation. Police said that the suspect is involved in the target killing of five people.
A rifle and a pistol were also seized from him.
Express 24/7 correspondent Ahmed Jung said that the police has disclosed all information about the suspect including who he worked for and in which areas. The suspect will also be exposed on the media, where he will confess about his activities.
Later, a body was recovered from North Karachi Sector B-5 area on the basis of information received from the suspect.
Separately, police arrested another suspect from the New Karachi area and seized three Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition from him.
Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced that several target killers were arrested by law enforcement agencies in the city and promised to expose them on the media.
“We have shown the video of detained target killers to traders and very soon it will be released on TV channels,” he said.
Rehman Malik vows action against land mafia
Interior Minister Rehman Malik vowed indiscriminate action against the land mafia in Karachi, holding it responsible for occupying 40,000 acres of land.
He was talking to a delegation of real estate developers at State Guest House in Karachi on Sunday.
The interior minister asked the delegates to identify the land grabbers and all those who are threatening the builders.
He said that all those whose land has been taken by the land mafia can submit an application for recovery of their land.
Malik also announced a cash prize of Rs50,000 for Police Officer Munir who earlier arrested a target killer in Karachi.
Updated from print edition (below)
About a dozen suspects, including four alleged target killers, and an alleged extortionist were caught during raids conducted by the police and Rangers in different parts of the city.
Nine people were arrested during a search operation by the Rangers in Bakra Piri, Lyari, and Jahanabad area of Pak Colony, SITE.
Two alleged target killers, Shakeel and Asif, were arrested from a house in Gulistan-e-Jauhar in a separate raid.
The Special Investigation Unit also claimed to have arrested an alleged target killer identified as Shehroz Yousuf, from a house in Lines Area.
They claimed he confessed to slaughtering five people with a blade. A rifle and a pistol were seized from Yousuf’s possession. According to SIU SI Munir, Yousuf told them about the location of a body which was found from North Karachi’s Sector B-5.
Rashid Baloch was arrested near the Shipowner’s College in Nazimabad. Shahrah-e-Noorjahan police said that had been involved in the kidnapping and murder of Riaz Baloch.
The Anti-Violent Crime Cell also arrested an alleged extortionist, Shahid, from New Town. Three Kalashnikovs, two rifles, and around 1,000 bullets were found on him.
The men were taken to an undisclosed location for questioning. The police did not mention their political, ethnic or criminal affiliations, if any.
A spokesman for the Pakistan Rangers in Sindh said that the details were being put together and the media would be informed about any developments.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2011.