Dacoit killed; another held after encounter

KARACHI - Special Investigation Unit (SIU) on Thursday killed a dacoit, allegedly financing Taliban, and arrested his accomplice after a brief encounter near Gul Ahmed Chowrangi, Bilal Colony, within the limits of Quaidabad police station. The SIU team, headed by Raja Umar Khattab, raided a compound located in Bilal Colony area but the culprits opened indiscriminate firing on the police party. The raiding team also retaliated. Resultantly, a policeman, Liaquat Hussain, sustained bullet injures while a 26-year-old dacoit, Imran, was killed and his accomplice, Khalid Razzak, son of Badshah Mir was arrested. Police said that deceased Imran, a bus conductor and resident of Landhi area, had links with local Taliban commander Shah Hussain. Shah Hussain is considered a Taliban commander in Karachi and was involved in raising money to finance militants in NWFP. SSP Khattab said when police reached the spot culprits opened fire from rooftop of the building and injured a policeman. In retaliation, the SIU squad opened fire and after a brief encounter, Imran sustained bullet wounds and died on the spot. The official added that police had also recovered a Kalashnikov, three pistols and sensitive information from the arrested accused. The culprits used to carry out robberies on Super Highway and outskirts of the city besides kidnapping people for ransom. They would send a share of the looted money to Shah Hussain to finance to Taliban fighting security forces in tribal areas of NWFP. According to Quaidabad SHO Asif Rauf, the encounter took place in his area limits at Bilal Colony near Gul Ahmed Chowrangi in UC-2 Muslimabad, Landhi Town where a dacoit was killed and another arrested. Police have registered four cases against the accused.

ePaper - Nawaiwaqt