KARACHI - Two notorious Lyari gangsters were killed in an alleged encounter within the remits of Mochko police station on Sunday.

Zubair Wehshi (22) and Akbar (in his early 20s) were killed in Mawach Goth area. They were allegedly involved in various criminal cases including abduction-cum-killings of five family members including two boxers.

Zubair Wehshi and Akbar alias Akbari were killed after an exchange of fire when the police raided their hideout. Police officials also claimed to have recovered a Kalashnikov, two 7mm rifles, two repeaters, two 9mm pistols and around 500 ammunitions.

A young one – Wehshi, 22, was the operational commander for the Sheraz Comrade group of Lyari’s Uzair Baloch. He used to deal in Mawach Goth and its surrounding areas while Akbar served him as an assistant.

Wehshi was accused of being involved in abduction-cum-killings of three boxers and two of their family members who were related to the notorious Lyari gangster, Noor Muhammad alias Baba Ladla on March 2014. The victims included Ismail, 34, his elder brother, Javed, 38, their two cousins, Shoaib, 19, Faisal, 34, and their maternal uncle, Taj Muhammad, 40. Taj and Shoaib were professional boxers who have played for the Karachi Electric team. Shoaib’s father, Sher Muhammad, was their coach. Besides killings these five relatives, the gangsters were also involved in the killings of two personnel of the Crime Investigation Department. CID personnel Sohail and Khurram were killed by these gangsters in 2012. DSP Qamar Zaman claimed that they were also involved in rape.

Meanwhile, Rangers claim to have apprehended a suspect allegedly involved in May 12, 2007 carnage in Karachi. The accused was identified as Abdul Rafique alias Kaein. His arrest, according to the Rangers officials, was made during a targeted raid conducted on information about possible presence of hardened criminal in Mehmoodabad area.

Rangers spokesperson claimed that during initial interrogation, the accused confessed to be involved in May 12, 2007 incident of carnage near Baloch Colony bridge. A team of target killers headed by Amir alias Dawani of Manzur Colony used to take orders from the arrested person, claimed the Rangers spokesperson, added that the accused has also confessed of numerous killings and gang war with Ashok/Kobra group in Chanesar Goth area of Mehmoodabad.

Spokesperson further claimed that the accused has also been sheltering target killers including notorious Raees alias Mamma group and besides target killings and other heinous crimes, he is also involved in land grabbing in Mehmoodabad area.

The arrested criminal will be presented in the court on Monday to request for his 90 days detention under relevant laws, said the spokesperson.

On the other side, a police constable, Arshad who was posted to Pirabad police station was arrested by SITE B Section police station. SHO Maqbool Ahmed said that the accused was arrested for possessing illegal weapon while further investigation was underway.