Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Monday demanded the government to rid the Karachiites and traders of the metropolis of criminal elements and bhatta (extortion) mafia.

Terming it an organized conspiracy to let loose the criminal elements to go scot-free, the MQM leader said , he, on several occasions, apprised the President, Prime Minister and Rehman Malik of activities of bhatta mafia and kidnapping for ransom going on in the city.

Altaf deplored the lack of action against the criminals despite repeated calls, warning he will uncover the patrons of extortionists before long, if no action was taken against these criminals.