KARACHI: Police claimed on Thursday to have arrested three men who they suspect were members of a criminal gang operational in the city for at least four years.
The men were committing a robbery in Defence Housing Authority area when they were arrested, the police said.
The arrests were made at a bungalow located at Khayban-e-Bukhari within the limits of Darakshan police station.
SHO Aurangzeb Khattab said that the police reached the site after getting information from Madadgar 15, adding that the police surrounded the bungalow and tried to catch the suspects but they opened fire at them and tried to escape under the cover of fire. The policemen fired back and arrested three members of the gang. The arrested suspects were later identified as Jilani alias Javed, Shahzada alias Dilawar alias Khalid and Hussain. The police team recovered looted cash, cell phones and three pistols and a rifle with three grenades.
SHO Khattab further said that the gang ring leader Abdul Bari was earlier killed during what he said was an encounter in Nazimabad area in the first week of March, adding that the men arrested were part of a gang comprising at least 50 men of Afghan origins. The officer further said that the gang members have so far been involved in over 100 cases of crimes, particularly house robberies in various localities including Defence, Clifton, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and PIB Colony areas. Several members of the gang have by now been arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department and other police stations. The officer further said during investigations the police found that the gang was carrying fake Pakistani CNICs.
“They are hardened criminals. They hailed from various Afghan provinces and they have used the Quetta route to travel to Karachi from Afghanistan,” said SHO Khattak. “Ever since we started arresting gnag members, I am receiving threatening calls Afghanistan-based cell numbers,” he said. He said that the police would continue to take action against the gang.
Published in Daily Times, March 9th 2018.