Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Police arrest 4 tanker snatchers in 2 raids

In separate raids, the Gadap Town police arrested four men, including two alleged Taliban financers in Karachi, who were involved in snatching tankers and dumpers, while recovering two oil tankers and three dumpers.

The Memon Goth police, Gadap City police and a car tracker company were in search for the oil tankers that were recently snatched by unidentified armed men within the jurisdiction of Gadap Town Police Station. One of the oil tankers was snatched from driver Ahsanullah at the Link Road on December 26, 2008. An FIR No 226/08 was registered on the complaint of the driver.

On Monday, the police received information that some people were unloading oil at a petrol pump in Gadap Town. The police reached the spot and arrested Ameer Khan and Ameer Islam. Both men hailing from Waziristan are alleged Taliban financers.

During initial interrogation, Khan and Islam confessed to snatching the vehicles, saying that they would call owners and ask them for money in order to release the trucks. Memon Goth DSP Choudhry Saifullah said, “We are in the initial stages of investigation and we cannot say anything about their affiliation with the Taliban.”

Meanwhile, Gadap Town police also recovered three loading dumpers and arrested two Hindu men, Kurwa and Basant. Saifullah said that Basant is a policeman and was posted to Khokhrapar Police Station. The recovered dumpers were snatched from different areas of the city including Surjani Town, Gadap City and Memon Goth.

Hand grenade found in Pak Colony area: Police recovered a hand grenade from Pak Colony on Monday. The grenade was found lying outside a shop at a scrap market in the Jahanabad area, within the jurisdiction of the Pak Colony Police Station.

Area residents discovered the grenade and called the police and the bomb disposal squad (BDS). The grenade could not have exploded because it was in a dysfunctional state, said SHO Aslam Hayat.