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March 10, 2019

Six labourers dead in Boat Basin as trolley lift falls

Karachi

March 10, 2019

Six labourers died on Saturday as the trolley lift they were in fell at an under-construction building in Karachi’s Boat Basin neighbourhood, reported Geo News.

Police said the labourers were standing in the lift and installing glass sheets when it fell all of a sudden. Five labourers died on the spot.

Three bodies were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and two to the Civil Hospital Karachi, said rescue officials. An injured labourer was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but he succumbed to his injuries there.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took notice of the incident and sought a report from Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Ali Shalwani. The area was cordoned off and the building sealed by the district commissioner’s department.

Rs270m heroin seized

The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) recovered 27 kilograms of heroin during a raid at the Astola Island.

The PMSA spokesman said that officials of the agency conducted an intelligence-based counter-narcotics operation at the island. The agency deployed fast response boats in the western maritime region.

He said PMSA boats reached the island and found 27 kilograms of synthetic heroine dumped in bags for further destination, adding that the value of the narcotic in the international market was around Rs270 million.

The PMSA being the law enforcement agency in Pakistan's Exclusive Economic Zone maintains it’s permanent presence at sea with its ships and aircraft against possible illegal activities.

The successful operation by the PMSA resulting in the seizure of the huge quantity of narcotics is a testament to the fact that the agency and the navy are vigilant and remain committed to preventing the use of Pakistani waters for any unlawful purpose, he added.

The PMSA and the navy will continue to shoulder their national obligation and responsibility to establish lawful order at sea.

Rangers, police arrest six ‘criminals’

In a joint operation with police, the Sindh Rangers arrested six suspects during raids in the wee hours of Saturday.

According to a Rangers spokesman, the law enforcers arrested the suspects during a door-to-door search in Bhittaiabad, Garden, Sachal Goth, Sharafi Goth and Gulshan-e-Maymar. The suspects were shifted to police stations for further legal action.—PPI

News Desk adds: A day earlier, paramilitary soldiers had arrested eight suspects during raids in different parts of the city.

According to a spokesperson for the Rangers, Ali Asghar Bajrani was arrested in Malir City for his involvement in various extortion cases, kidnapping for ransom, blackmailing and aerial firing.

During raids in Sachal and Saudabad, Umer Farooq, Arbaz Zubair, Khaliq, Ali Ahmed alias Raza and Aslam alias Mali were apprehended for being involved in various street crime cases, robberies and lifting motorcycles.

Moreover, Rashid alias Chatta and Zubair Jahanzaib alias Bari, affiliated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London, were arrested in Nazimabad for their alleged involvement in various criminal cases. The Rangers personnel also claimed to have seized arms and ammunition from the suspects. They were later handed over to the police for further legal proceedings.

The paramilitary force and police have been busy in conducting the Karachi Operation against criminals since September 5, 2013 when the then prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif directed the law enforcement agencies to take action against criminals in the city.

The Rangers and police have so far arrested hundreds of criminals, including the members of political parties, and religious and banned militant outfits. Dozens of criminals and terrorists have been killed during various encounters with the police and Rangers, which has gradually decreased the graph of the incidents of crime and terrorism in the city.

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