Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Rangers infiltrate Orangi Town, Karachi

In an extensive house-to-house search operation in Karachi, Rangers personnel on Tuesday detained over 500 people for questioning in the wake of a surge in target-killings which claimed nearly 40 lives during the last few days. Large quantity of arms and ammunition was also seized. Rangers launched the search operation in Orangi Town in the morning and detained over 500 people for questioning. However, local residents claimed that about 600 people had been detained during the operation.

Despite operation, three more persons were killed. A 23-year-old youth Umair was gunned down in Nazimabad. The four bike riders killed a person in Gulshan Iqbal Town Block-4. Unknown people gunned down a security guard in Gulberg Town. The body has been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital. Contingents of troops kept guard during the search operation and people were asked to stay indoors. All markets, hotels and petrol pumps in the area were closed. Local residents said that children could not go to schools as the entire area was sealed. Troops cordoned off the area and vehicles were banned from entering Orangi Town during the operation. Motorcycle riders faced identity checks.

Officials said that more search operations were expected to be conducted in other sensitive areas of Karachi. After the initial investigation, 300 out of 500 arrested were found innocent and released. Meanwhile, Sindh Home Department on Tuesday issued the notification to further extend the powers of Pakistan Rangers under Section 5 of Anti-Terrorism Action of 1997 for another three months.

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