KARACHI - Police have recovered a kidnapped doctor while an alleged captor was killed in a shootout within the remits of Maymar police post.

AVCC Chief SSP Niaz Khosa informed that Dr Saleem Khokhar was kidnapped near his residence in Liaquatabad on May 29. The kidnappers demanded Rs60 million ransom for his release and warned the family of dire consequences if they failed to provide amount. The recovered doctor was running his private clinic in Liaquatabad area.  A team of Anti-Violent Crime Cell raided kidnappers’ hideout in Gulshan-e-Maymar area. They opened fire upon police arrival. The encounter left one kidnapper injured while four of his companions managed to escape. The wounded captor died on the way to hospital.

Sources in the AVCC said that the police, in collaboration with the Citizens Police Liaison Committee, managed to trace the location of the kidnappers’ hideout by tracing their phone calls during negotiations with the family. The body of the kidnapper killed in the encounter was moved to morgue in Sohrab Goth for identification while police also claimed to have recovered a Kalashnikov from his possession.  Separately, Special Investigation Unit police claimed to have arrested three suspects, including gang ringleader, allegedly involved in killing the people who refused to pay the extortion money.

The arrested ring leader was identified as Yasin and his companions as Bhutto Bengali and Abdul Ghani. Police also claimed to have recovered two hand grenades, two Kalashnikovs, two repeater and four TT pistols from their possession. According to SIU chief SSP Farooq Awan, the arrests were made after the SIU police raided, on a tip-off, their hideout in Pak Colony area and arrested them after a shootout. SSP Awan further said that the group had received millions of rupees from the traders by threatening them with throwing of hand grenades at their homes, adding that arrested persons also confessed to have killed number of people. Meanwhile, at least six suspects were taken into custody during targeted raids in different parts of the City, including Jamali Goth, Old Truck Stand in Lyari, Dawood Goth and Nazimabad. According to Rangers, gang war criminals were also among the detainees and weapons were also recovered from their possession. The detainees were shifted to undisclosed location for further questioning.

23 SHOs transferred to maintain ‘peace’: At least 23 Station House Officers were transferred and posted on Saturday to maintain the law and order situation in the metropolis.

According to a statement, inspector Kansan Dean was posted to Clifton SHO, SI Haq Nawaz to Baloch Colony, inspector Ejaz Qaimkhani to Saddar, inspector Yar Muhammad Rind to Mithadar, SI Qamar Kiyani to Aram Bagh, inspector Malik Saleem to Eidgah, inspector Chaudhry Irshad to Risala, SI Amjad Jutt to Kalakot, SI Sabir to Jackson, SI Sharif Meo to SITE-B Section, inspector Shakeel Sherwani to Liaquatabad, inspector Shaukat Ali to Gulbahar, inspector Ghulam Nabi Afridi to Shara-e-Noor Jahan, inspector Ishtiaq Ghauri to New Karachi Industrial Area, SI Khan Mohammad to Gulistan-e-Jauhar, inspector Arshad Janjua to Shara-e-Faisal, SI Khalid Nadeem to Landhi, SI Hatim Marwat to Awami Colony, SI Sarfaraz Gondal to Zaman Town, inspector Khalid Mehmood to Airport, SI Amir Hayat to Mines and Mineral, SI Rao Khalid to Sacchal and inspector Raheem Shah to Soldier Bazaar.

However, sources privy to the matter said that the aim behind the transfer and posting of the SHOs was to maintain the law and order and to control the current wave of target killings, especially on sectarian basis on the directives of the Additional Inspector General of Police, Karachi. Sources further said that massive reshuffling in the police department from top to down is also expected in coming days.

According to notification issued by the Central Police Office on Saturday, about 11 of the newly transferred and posted SHOs were sub-inspectors and most of them replaced their inspector rank SHOs despite there were already inspector rank officers were posted while there are already number of inspector ranks officers are awaiting for postings.

Bombs, explosives recovered in Karachi: Police claimed to have recovered two bombs and other explosive material during a raid in a house situated at Azam Basti, Mehmoodabad.

Police said that the raid was conducted on the complaint of the house owner. Police recovered the two prepared improvised explosive devices weighted 6.5 kilogrammes. Police have also found five Russian-made hand grenades, a 9mm pistol, suicide jacket and other material used in making the bombs.

Police official added that two men took the house on rent but were disappeared from the past few days, upon which the owner informed the police. He said that the police was now looking for the persons who hired the house on rent while further investigation was underway. Meanwhile, a man was gunned down in Taiser Town locality within the jurisdiction of Surjani Town police station.

Police said that the victim was going somewhere, when unidentified armed riders targeted him at Sector 50 Taiser Town. Police moved the body to morgue after completing medicolegal formalities at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The identification of the victim has yet to be ascertained.