KARACHI - Law enforcement agencies claimed to have arrested 10620 criminals within 90 days of targeted operation in the metropolis. The reported incidents revealed that at least 500 people were killed and scores of other were wounded in various armed attacks during the operation.
Bomb blasts, targeted and sectarian killings, grenade attacks, kidnapping for ransom and extortion have been continued in the City along with the tall claims of the law enforces.
Police claimed to have carried out 7,567 raids conducted in various localities of the City. It arrested some 9,642 criminals, including 166 killers, 93 terrorists, 56 extortionists, 40 kidnappers, 657 bandits and robbers, 1900 under arms ordinance, 1391 under narcotics charges, 266 proclaimed offenders, 2,987 absconders and 2,086 other criminals. It claimed to have recovered a huge cache of weapons, including three Light Machine Guns, 64 Kalashnikovs, 2,434 pistols, 52 rifles, 83 shotguns, 145 grenades and 222-kg explosives.
It is pertinent to mention here that as many as 156 cops were gunned down in various incidents of target killing and in 522 encounters.
The cops who embraced martyrdom included two DSPs, three inspectors, 15 sub-inspectors, 18 ASIs, 30 head constables and 88 constables in the outgoing year.
On the other side, Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have carried out 1,003 targeted raids in different localities of Karachi and arrested 978 criminals, including 14 terrorists, 104 target killers, 143 extortionists and 12 kidnappers.
Rangers also claimed to have recovered 1,714 weapons of different caliber, including LMGs, SMGs, Uni Barrel Rocket launchers with ammo, rifles, shotguns, pistols, hand grenades, crackers and bulletproof jackets. During last two months, Rangers have done 21 encounters with criminals during which 37 terrorists were killed and 10 abductees were rescued while two Rangers Sepoys also embraced martyrdom.
Jail sources confirmed that at least 1,100 criminals were sent to Central Jail Karachi while some 400 reached District Jail, Malir in connection with the current operation during last three months. The overcrowded jails are already facing the burden in double figures and unable to accommodate over 10,000 inmates along with the already existing prisoners.
Jails Minister Manzoor Wassan and Sindh Inspector General Jails Nusrat Mangan were not responded when contacted for comments.
A police official wished to be anonymous said the drive was roaming around a political party and Lyari gangsters alone. The high ups have not devised the policy of conducting operation. The authorities should carry out operation after categorisation of terrorists and criminals. He pointed out that major threat looming in the City is about the growing strength of outlawed terrorist outfits, including the TTP.