Extortionist rounded up: Kati Pahari raid leads to hideout discovery

CCTV monitoring helped the gang avoid arrest, says SSP Khattab.

Our Correspondent April 01, 2013
Bhalu has his hideout on top of Kati Pahari and has survived several raids owing to strong monitoring and stiff resistance by his group. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW) of the Crime Investigation Department arrested an alleged member of a notorious gang of extortionists during a targeted raid in Kati Pahari.

CTW Chief SSP Raja Omer Khattab disclosed the arrest at a press conference held at the wing’s office. The accused, identified as Abdul Kabeer, belonged to Mehfoozullah’s, aka Bhalu, group. Bhalu, who was a part of a political party in the past, runs a gang of around 20 members in Mohammad Pur area of Kati Pahari. The gang has been involved in various acts of terrorism, target killings, extortion and drugs.  SSP Khattab informed the media that the group had installed CCTV cameras on Kati Pahari and its surrounding areas to monitor the movement of Rangers and police to avoid arrest.

Bhalu has his hideout on top of Kati Pahari and has survived several raids owing to strong monitoring and stiff resistance by his group, he added. The CTW chief said that the police failed to get hold of him due to vicious counter-attacks, despite reaching his hideout. The police, however, managed to arrest Kabeer and seize a huge cache of weapons, which included five Kalashnikovs, G-3 rifle, a 9mm pistol, .30 bore pistol, two repeaters and a revolver, and other articles, such as CCTV cameras, walkie-talkie sets and bulletproof jackets

Quoting Kabeer, SSP Khattab said that Bhalu was supported by local political party leaders, who tipped him off before a possible action by law enforcers. They also used him for target killings, he said. Bhalu’s another companion, Bilal aka Tension, who was recently arrested by Pirabad police, has also revealed some high-profile names, according to SSP Khattab.

Bhalu originally belongs to Kala Dhaka and has been running his gang for the last two years. Previously, he used to run a rickshaw. About 200 of the 350 marble factories pay him extortion money, failing which the group often attacks factory management with hand grenades and firing, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2013.


Critic | 8 years ago | Reply

Why is it that the the Karachi Police and Rangers have got into action over the last 2 weeks. Is it more freedom in action after the political Government has left or it is the fear of the Supreme Court's orders. Why could these forces not act earlier is the question that needs to be answered by these law enforcing agencies.

Leo | 8 years ago | Reply

Yes, the people now have the right to know of these politcal parties supporting these activities so that when their politcail workers appear as "Angels" in the various talk shows and other media, we the people can see their actual faces and condemn them.

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