KARACHI: Three alleged criminals were killed in two separate police encounters in Korangi and Gulshan-e-Iqbal, while 22 allegedly hardened criminals were apprehended during Rangers' targeted raids on Monday.
In Korangi, two alleged members of Lyari gang war were killed while three of their accomplices managed to escape during the encounter. The deceased alleged gangsters were identified as, Akram Khan and Habib Pathan. The police officials claimed they found two pistols and a motorcycle from their possession.
SHO Imdad Talpur, said five robbers on two motorcycles were busy looting valuables from a passersby when the police reached there on a tip-off.
The culprits opened fire at the police personnel, who retaliated and killed two suspects while three of their companions managed to escape. The officer said the culprits belonged to the Lyari gang war and were wanted by the police in cases of street crimes, adding that the police are also looking for their escaping companions. The cases were registered while further investigations are underway.
In another incident
Separately, in another alleged encounter, an alleged robber was killed in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The deceased robber was identified as Khalid.
SHO Mohammad Irfan Khan said the deceased robber who was later identified as Khalid was robbing people along with his three accomplices on two motorcycles in Block-5 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The police on a routine patrolling reached there and asked the culprits to surrender, to which they did. SHO further said that the culprits, despite surrendering, opened fire at the police team, who fired back and killed Khalid while three of his companions escaped. The officer also claimed that he found a pistol and a stolen motorcycle from his possession.
Around 22 suspects were caught in various targeted raids conducted by the Rangers, including Metroveille-3, Airport, New Karachi, Yousuf Goth, Qaimkhani Colony, Bilal Colony, Moosa Colony, Haroonabad-SITE, Manghopir, Bohrapir, Ali Akbar Shah Goth, Hassan Noman Colony, Rabia City and Ranchore Lines.
Rangers' spokesperson said the arrested were criminals involved and were caught with some weapons.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2013.
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