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Rangers, police arrest three Afghan robbery gang members

By Our Correspondent
June 25, 2024
A representational image of Sindh Rangers personnel patrolling the streets. — AFP/File
A representational image of Sindh Rangers personnel patrolling the streets. — AFP/File

Sindh Rangers and District East police, in a joint operation based on intelligence information, arrested three highly wanted members of an Afghan robbery gang from the Jannat Gul area of Sohrab Goth on Monday.

The suspects identified as Jan Agha, Umeed Gul alias Laghmani, and Abdul Rehman were found in possession of weapons and ammunition used in their criminal activities. According to a Rangers spokesperson, the suspects were involved in over 300 street crimes, including looting citizens in various parts of Karachi. They also confessed to injuring more than three citizens by shooting during their robberies.

During the initial investigation, Jan Agha revealed that he had ordered weapons multiple times from Dara Adam Khel via Facebook for the purpose of committing robberies. Jan Agha, who operated as the leader of an organised gang, admitted that he would frequently go into hiding in Iran to evade arrest and would return to Karachi after some time to resume his criminal activities.

He also disclosed that the mobile phones snatched from citizens in Karachi were sold, and his associates would take them to Afghanistan. Jan Agha and his accomplices had previously been arrested and jailed for multiple robbery incidents. The Rangers spokesperson said that the raids were being conducted to arrest other associates of the gang. The arrested suspects, along with the seized weapons and ammunition, have been handed over to the police for further legal action.

Three gangsters held

Personnel of the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and police in a joint operation based on intelligence inputs arrested three most wanted suspects of Lyari gang war.

The spokesman for the Rangers said gangsters Usman Shah alias Usman Rickshaw Wala, Abdullah and Nisar alias Kashan belonged to Lyari gang war’s commander Ahmed Ali Magsi Group from PIB Colony. Illegal weapons, hand grenades and Avan bombs were seized from the possession of the suspects.

The suspects were running a network of extortion and other criminal activities on the instructions of Mana Ghanchi and Sadiq alias Sallu alias Mama Sadiq. They have been allegedly involved in extortion, drug peddling, firing, arms dumping and other crimes. During the interrogation, they said Abdullah Rind Baloch, Usman Shah alias UsmanRickshaw wala, Ali alias Mota, Salman alias Sallu, Bilal Baloch, Waqas Baloch, Ali alias Grand and Waseem Bhaya also carried out various criminal activities.

They further admitted that in December 2020, they demanded Rs5 million from the owner of a cardboard factory in PIB Colony, opened fire on the factory to spread panic and later extorted Rs2 million from the owner. In January 2021, the suspects opened fire at the office of a builder in Karachi for not paying extortion money and collected Rs7 million. He also threatened a hotelier and extorted Rs500,000.

The suspects further revealed that Ahmed Ali Magsi was being sent abroad by extorting money from various businessmen. They also admitted to dumping a huge quantity of weapons and supplying weapons to the command operatives. Raids are being conducted to arrest other accomplices of the accused.

The suspects have been handed over to the police for further legal action. The public is appealed to immediately inform about such elements at the nearest Rangers check post, Rangers Helpline 1101 or Rangers WhatsApp number 03479001111 or through SMS.