Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rangers swoop on Afghan camp, 24 held

Law enforcement agencies, including police and Rangers, for the first time, set foot in the Afghan Camp and conducted a door-to-door search operation.The operation was carried out on the fourth day of unrest in the city, which has claimed at least 48 lives and wounded hundreds.

The police and Rangers apprehended 24 alleged criminals and recovered ammunition.The joint operation lasted for two-and-a-half hours in the area also known as the Kochi Camp and has a population of 1,500 people. “We entered the Afghan Camp for the first time ever,” Gulshan Town SP Sohail Zafar Chatta told. “All the arrested men are professional criminals and their arrests were made according to the lists maintained by the intelligence and law enforcement agencies,” Chatta said. “These men always disturbed the law and order situation at Super Highway after any incident in the city.

They have even been involved in various cases including police encounters, robberies, highway robberies and snatchings to name a few,” he added. He said the operation would continue today (Wednesday).Police claimed to have arrested as many as five high profile criminals but their names were not disclosed. The families of those arrested claim the men were tortured by the police.

Four killed: Reuters quoted Karachi police chief Waseem Ahmed as saying four people were killed in different incidents in the early hours of Tuesday but the city had been mostly calm since then.“There has been no major incident since the morning,” Ahmed told Reuters.After the three days of mayhem in Karachi, life returned to normalcy in the city on Tuesday, although people living in sensitive and affected areas, where the law and order situation was extremely deteriorated during riots, passed the day in a state of fear.
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