KARACHI: The Lyari locality of the city witnessed more violence on Friday with the police forcing the gangsters to retreat but not without a fight. As the operation, which was launched two weeks ago continued, the policemen captured more areas of the troublesome locality from criminals, who were on the retreat.
The day was marked by an attack on MNA Nabil Gabol (PPP) and his security staff, who came under a grenade attack from armed gangsters near the Miraan Naka Bridge in the evening but remained unhurt. Their vehicles, however, were damaged in the attack.
On the other hand, the police claimed to have killed four gangsters on Friday in an operation carried out by the Anti-Extremists Cell (AEC). The criminals also targeted innocent people and two policemen.
By Friday night, 12 people had been killed in Lyari in two days of violence. On Thursday, the gangsters had killed three people, which also included a PPP leader and a policeman.The situation markedly deteriorated on Friday with criminal gangs openly using hand grenades and rocket launchers and damaging many buildings and police vans. They also injured among others three on Friday morning he along with his team comprising men from District South Police, Frontier Constabulary and Police Commandos raided the area of Cheel Chowk where they had information that Uzair Baloch, Noor Mohammed alias Baba Ladla and Taj Mohammed alias Taju were hiding.
On seeing the police team they opened fire, which was retaliated and a gun battle took place during which they managed to clear the areas of Cheel Chowk. The gangsters used grenades and rockets. During that crackdown they arrested 10 to 15 gangsters and also recovered huge cache of arms from their dens.
On Friday afternoon the police received the news that miscreants have killed one Malik Mohammed Mushtaq who was on his way to attend the funeral prayers of deceased PPP leader Malik Mohammed Khan.
The police immediately reached the spot where they had an encounter with the gangsters who initially fired rockets, which hit the police van injuring DSP Qamar Zaman and PC Waqas. They were later moved to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). Inspector Idress Bangash SHO of Chakiwara police station was also severely injured and was also shifted to CHK. In the attack five more people including Mumtaz (18) were injured.
SSP Khan while confirming the attack upon the policemen claimed that the police had raided the gangsters’ den in Kalakot and arrested Fida Hussain alias Fidu and Shoaib and also recovered arms from them near Gabol Park. The two later confessed that they were close associates of Baba Ladla. The police afterwards cleared the area of Gabol Park and Afshani Gali of gangsters and moved forward to clear Lyari.
In the evening the police again confronted the gangsters near Lyari Degree College and apprehended Abdul Ghani, another close associate of Baba Ladla, who later succumbed to injuries, SSP Khan added.
The police then entered the Nava Lane area of Lyari where again they had a brief encounter with the gangsters in which Naeem alias Lahoti, the right hand man of Baba Ladla and wanted by the police in a number of cases related to murder, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and other heinous crimes, was killed.
Moreover, armed hooligans opened fire on the passer-bys near Dubai Chowk, injuring five persons including two youngsters Abdul Rehman (11) and Saud Ahmed (14).In Pak Colony area armed gangsters targeted two police commandos killing one of them. The deceased constable Hameed was posted at Razzaqabad Training Centre and was resident of Keamari.
Late on Friday night armed gangsters killed Inspector Ghulam Dastagir in Kalakot area. Police said that the deceased was posted in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and was heading for his home when was targeted near Cheel Chowk.SSP Khan claimed the police have cleared Nava Lane, Cheel Chowk, Baghdadi, Kalri, Gabol Park, Afshani Gali and very soon the whole of Lyari would be cleared of gangsters.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Sindh, Mushtaq Shah, has said that the police were conducting targeted operation against the criminal elements and the operation will continue till the city is purged of the criminal elements. He appreciated the Lyari Operation and announced cash reward of Rs0.5 million for the injured policemen including SHO Chakiwara Idress Bangash. Lyari was tense till our going to the Press.