Rangers take political extortionists to task.
Byline: Naimat Khan
KARACHI -- As the Rangers have taken extortionists to task by carrying out an all out crackdown against political gangsters and extortionists, traders in Saddar area of the city say they are compelled to pay extortion to police, The Frontier Post has learnt.
A survey conducted by this newspaper in various markets within the remits of Aram Bagh police station revealed that the policemen have been collecting Rs 100 to 200 as extortion money daily from every shop of the locality.
As many as 85 shopkeepers were interviewed in the survey, out of which 17 refused to comment due to fear of the extortionists and police. The remaining 68 traders say they have got relief due to Rangers action.
"The MQM, Sunni Tehreek and men of Karachi Municipal Corporation used to collect Bhata" told a shopkeeper, adding since few months, especially in the post-Nine Zero raid scenario no one has turned up for the recovery. "But police are regularly collecting Bhatta, to which they call protection money for their services they render to us and of which we are unaware" was the unanimous reply from traders, informing the beater of Aram Bagh police station - Arif Hussain - is collecting the amount daily. While talking to The Frontier Post Atiq Mir, president of the Karachi Tahir Itteha - a body of the city traders - said the menace of extortions has seen a drastic cut due to action of law enforcers. This scribe contacted Atiq Shaikh - the spokesperson of Karachi police - after DIG South Zone Abdul Khaliq Shaikh chose to not respond. Atiq Shaikh, though refuted the news, said strict action will be taken against anyone involved in the illegal business.
He said there were clear instructions from the Karachi police chief in this regard that there should be no letup to those policemen who are bringing insult for the police force.