LARKANA: As many as 65 criminal gangs have been busted throughout Larkana Ranger during from January 1 to 31 December 2017, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police , Larkana Range, Abdullah Shaikh, here on Sunday. The DIG further disclosed that eight criminals were killed during 496 encounters that took place in the entire Larkana division in the same period and 97 offenders of law were arrested in injured condition.
“The killed criminals also include those who were carrying head money of the Sindh government. Larkana Range police arrested 6950 proclaimed offenders, 8651 absconders and other gangsters during last one year of 2017. Cops also recovered four hand grenades, 6 kg explosive material, two rocket launchers and four shells, 24 KK rifles, 27 rifles, 235 short guns, 541 pistols and 7646 bullets,” the DIGP informed.
He further claimed that during crackdown against drug peddlers, 26 kg and 530 grams opium, one kilo gram heroin, 2196 kg hashish, 2418 kg cannabis, 46 cartons, 1480 packets of gutka and wine in large quantity was also recovered from the habitual drug peddlers and such cases were also lodged.
During all these actions nine policemen were martyred and 12 were injured. DIGP Shaikh on the occasion said that protection of citizens is the utmost and basic job of police which will be continued adding criminals, their harbingers and facilitators will not go unpunished during even during 2018.
It must also be mentioned here that despite such drastic actions, crime continue to rise in Larkana district as the criminals had changed their strategies. Last night a vegetable vendor was deprived of Rs 25000 cash in Naundero when he was returning home after earning livelihood in the market. Iqbal Kalhoro told media on Sunday that he had to give the weekly cash to his wholesalers in the morning but three habitual criminals took away the entire cash and beat him severely.
He said that they came on a motorcycle during electricity load shedding time and snatched everything but local police did nothing to follow them even after passage of 20 hours as he had gone to police station along with other notables for registering a report against the habitual robbers gang. He further said that few days ago thieves entered into the shop of Nizamuddin Junejo but his stolen one million rupees cash & other material is yet to be recovered. He said that if this state of affairs continued then poverty-stricken residents of Naundero will be forced on beggary instead of doing small business.