LAHORE: A suspect allegedly involved in the murders of two police officials and other target killing incidents in Karachi was arrested from Lahore.
According to the Lahore police, the suspect, 50-year-old Raj Muhammad Khan, is a member of the Awami National Party (ANP). He originally hails from Mansehra but had been settled in Karachi for several years.
He is allegedly involved in several incidents of target killings and is also accused of being in the drugs business. Khan has been accused of killing an ASI and a constable in Keamari, Karachi on August 8. The Karachi police had informed their counterparts in Lahore that Raju was currently in their city. He was hiding in Nishter Colony at his sister’s house and was keeping in touch with his accomplices in Karachi through his mobile phone. As a result, the Nishter Colony police carried out a raid, headed by SHO Munawer Dogar, at a house belonging to the suspect’s sister, Haji Bibi, at Ferozepur Road, from where they arrested him.
Raju was wanted by the police for the murder of ASI Ghulam Abbas and Constable Talib Hussain. Other suspects wanted for the murder are Niaz Muhammad, Mukhtiar alias Baba, Shahid, Salman Khan and three other unidentified persons. These suspects were named in an FIR, filed by the Jackson SHO.
After the attack on police officials on August 8, Raju escaped to Lahore. He was traced with the help of mobile surveillance by the law-enforcement agencies. He had been released on bail from jail a few months ago.
A police party has been dispatched from Karachi to take custody of the suspect, who is currently detained at Nishter Colony police station.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2010.