KARACHI: Five private banks at Maripur road in Lyari received bhatta slips of Rs1 million, Express News reported on Thursday.
An intelligence report sent to the Sindh government stated that a banned outfit had issued bhatta slips of Rs1 million each to five bank managers in the area.
The report added that the five banks had earlier stopped operations on July21 and July22 on account of the deteriorating security situation. Police officials were specifically asked to provide security to these banks.
The report also includes the name of the representative of the bhatta mafia. Police has started to monitor the security of the banks, officials said.
The incident spread waves of panic amongst the bank employees and the residents.
Lyari, one of the oldest residential areas of Karachi, has experienced a dwindling law and order situation since the last two years, with several groups fighting each other over dominance, Express News correspondent Shah Walilullah said.