Targeted raid: Prayer leader’s arrest sparks protest

He was caught along with a muezzin and two others from a mosque in Malir


Our Correspondent July 04, 2015
The police and Rangers, reached the site and dispersed the protesters. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A score of people staged a protest in Malir following the arrest of a prayer leader by the Rangers on Saturday.

Prayer leader Rehan Chishti, muezzin Faraz and two other men, Mohsin and Khalid alias Ganja, were taken into custody during a raid conducted on a tip-off by Rangers at a mosque in Malir late Friday night. The suspects were later shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.

Following the arrests, a large number of people, including the masjid committee members, their relatives and neighbours, gathered on Malir's Saudabad Road, where they staged a protest on Saturday afternoon. They set fire to tyres and blocked the flow of traffic while pelting stones on the passing vehicles. However, no untoward incident occurred.

The police and Rangers, reached the site and dispersed the protesters. "The Rangers have recovered weapons from their [suspects] possession," explained DSP Qamar Ahmed. "When the officials assured the protesters about the recovery of the weapons from the suspects' possession, they ended the demonstration." The suspects, however, remained in the custody of the Rangers and have yet to be handed over to the police.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2015.

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