Five alleged criminals were killed on Friday in separate encounters between law enforcement agencies and gangsters associated with the Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch groups in the troubled area of Lyari.
On Friday night, the police and Rangers arrested Asif Niazi and Imran Niazi from the Rangiwara area of Lyari within the remits of the Kalakot police in injured condition after an encounter. However, the two succumbed to injuries on the way to Civil hospital.
According to the police, Asif Niazi was the brother-in-law of Baba Ladla and was involved in the grenade attacks in the Jhat Pat Market as well as a number of murders and kidnappings while his accomplice Imran Niazi was also wanted in 60 different criminal cases. According to the police, Asif Niazi was an in-charge of the Baba Ladla group and was looking after the Usmanabad area.
The police also killed alleged criminal Zohaib alias Keeper in the Jhat Pat market after an encounter within the limits of the Kalakot police station.
According to the police, the alleged criminal belonged to the Baba Ladla group and was involved in more than 50 criminal cases.
Police said that Zohaib opened fire at them during a raid that was conducted after receiving information regarding the presence of gang members in the area.
The alleged criminal died in the encounter and his body was shifted to the Civil Hospital for an autopsy. The police recovered a hand grenade and pistol from his possession.
Another encounter took place between alleged criminals and law enforcers in Lyari’s Slaughter House within the limits of the Baghdadi police station.
Resultantly, two criminals, Iqbal and Owais, were killed. The Baghdadi police station SHO Mohammad Alam said that the deceased belonged to Uzair Baloch’s group.
Meanwhile, the body of 45-year-old Esa was found on the Mehmood Shah Road in Lyari’s Lea Market within the limits of the Napier police station on Thursday night.
According to the Napier police, the deceased was a resident of the Gul Mohammad Lane and worked at the Lyari Aath Chowk shrine. Police suspect that the deceased might have been targeted for being a police informant.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2014.
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