Eid operation: Rangers, police arrest 74 suspects in Karachi

Forced collection of animal hides sees marked fall because of the crackdown.

Our Correspondent October 19, 2013
Police and Sindh Rangers continued to conduct raids over Eid holidays and apprehended around 74 suspects in Karachi. PHOTO: NNI/FILE


Police and Sindh Rangers continued to conduct raids over Eid holidays and apprehended around 74 suspects in Karachi, including 15 men for forced collection of hides of sacrificial animals.

In a separate incident, Karachi police also arrested three Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel, Abid Nisar, Faisal and Shaheryar for snatching valuables from passers-by. According to the police, the accused FC men were deputed to Dera Bugti and had come to Karachi for Eid holidays.

Sindh Rangers Director-General Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar and Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat visited parts of the metropolis to gauge the law and order situation on Eid holidays.

“We have taken 15 men into custody for violating the code of conduct,” the DG Rangers told reporters.

On the other hand, the Karachi police chief said that there was a massive decrease in the forced collection of animal hides this Eid.

At least seven alleged gangsters from Lyari, namely Sheraz, Sarfaraz, Mukhtar, Sarwar, Rajab Ali, Akbar and Jahangir were arrested during raids by police and Rangers in the Baghdadi area of Lyari on charges of forced collection of animal hides. Law enforcement officials also claimed to have recovered two Kalashnikovs, three semi-automatic pistols, two hand grenades, a walkie-talkie and 18 animal hides from their possession.

Separately, four political workers, Safdar, Hassan, Rajab and Abeen were arrested from Khamiso Goth in New Karachi Industrial Area over collection of hides; weapons were also recovered from their possession.

Moreover, two suspects were apprehended in Gulistan-e-Jauhar on the first day of Eidul Azha, while two more political workers were arrested from Lasbela Chowk in Jamshed Quarters, while forcibly collecting hides from residents.

On the other hand, a Rangers official was reportedly injured when armed gangsters opened fire at him during a raid in Singu Lane area of Lyari on Friday.

A Rangers spokesperson told The Express Tribune that the raid was conducted on a tip-off, adding that the gangsters had attacked with heavy weaponry.

“Right now there is no confirmation about the casualties from the operation, and we cannot say anything about the number of arrests,” he said.

Sindh Rangers have been conducting raids every day from October 16 in various parts of the city. According to a Rangers spokesperson, 56 criminals were arrested and weapons recovered from their possession. The detainees have been shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2013.


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