KARACHI: Two suspects were killed during separate encounters while over one dozen men, including alleged target killers affiliated with a political party, were apprehended during raids on Sunday.
An alleged robber was killed during an exchange of fire with the police in Sohrab Goth. Police officials said that four robbers were stealing money and mobile phones from people in Memon Goth. DSP Qamar Ahmed said that the police reached the scene of crime and tried to arrest them but the robbers opened fire at the police and tried to escape.
In retaliation, the police fired back and one of the robber was killed while another one was arrested. Two of their accomplices managed to escape. The deceased was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was identified as Nijad.
In Surjani Town, an alleged kidnapper was killed during an alleged encounter with the Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC). The encounter took place on Sunday morning when the AVCC police conducted a raid at the kidnappers' hideout. AVCC officials claimed that the raid was conducted on information provided by a man they had arrested earlier - Akram Hashmi. The officials added that the kidnappers resorted to firing and tried to escape when the police conducted a raid at their hideout. Hashmi, who was with the police during the raid was killed in firing.
AVCC officials claimed that Hashmi was arrested a few days back, and added that during the investigation he claimed to have abducted a doctor identified as Javed. He told the police that they had planned to kill him after getting their hands on the ransom.
In an unrelated incident, district Malir police claimed to have arrested four members of a gang allegedly involved in buying sacrificial animals from the cattle market on Super Highway and using counterfeit money. DSP Qamar Ahmed said that Rs0.8 million of counterfeit money was also recovered from them. A case was registered against them and further investigation is being carried out.
Separately, as many as four suspects were apprehended during a targeted raid by the Rangers in Sharafi Goth. The Rangers spokesperson said that a raid was conducted at drugs dens in the area, adding that during the raid, four drug dealers were arrested while weapons and narcotics were also seized from their possession.
Meanwhile, three criminals, including target killers affiliated with a political party, were arrested during a targeted raid conducted by the Rangers in the Ramswami area. The Rangers spokesperson said that the raid was conducted on a information they received while weapons were also recovered. The suspects were taken to an undisclosed location for further investigation.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2014.
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