KARACHI: SSP Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Muhammad Farooq Awan on Thursday claimed to have smashed an interprovincial gang of criminals and arrested their three members including leader of the gang from Gulshan-e-Maymar.
Addressing a press conference in his office, he said that SIU with the help of Karachi police conducted a raid on a tip-off in Gulshan-e-Maymar area and arrested three criminals Aftab Dahar alias Ustad, Zahir Uddin, and Anwar Domki belonging to an interprovincial gang.
SSP said that arrested accused were involved in 15 cases of crimes in Sindh and 12 cases in Punjab including kidnapping for ransom, highways robberies and vehicle lifting.
He said that accused Aftab Dahar had kidnapped a youth Vinodmal with the help of his accomplices within the limits of Darakhshan police station in August 2013 and released the hostage after collecting Rs 3.5 million of ransom. He said that they also kidnapped a man Ata Muhammad Geachi from Defence Housing Authorities area in August 2013 and released him after receiving Rs 4 million ransom.
Awan said that the accused kidnapped a man Tariq Qureshi, owner of a marriage hall from Gulistan-e-Johar in March 2014 and released the abductee after receiving Rs 5 million ransom. He said that criminal Aftab was also arrested by Faisalabad and Rahimyar Khan police in robberies and car lifting cases.
SSP said that one Kalashnikov and two pistols with bullets were also recovered from their possession. Further investigation was underway.