ATC approves plea to close Azizabad ammunitions recovery case
KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Karachi on Tuesday approved a plea to close the case of recovery of arms and ammunition from Azizabad area of Karachi, ARY News reported.
Investigation Officer (IO) of police had pleaded to make the case A class, which means that it will be closed for now and could reopen after a criminal confesses his involvement into it. The case has been shut without arresting a single person, despite Karachi police chief’s tall claims in this regard.
The weapons recovered from an underground water tank of a house of Azizabad on October 05 has been the biggest cache among other recoveries so far since inception of the Karachi operation.
The arms and munitions were transferred to the army’s ordnance depot for forensic analysis of the weapons to know whether they were used in the incidents of crimes and terrorist attacks, official sources said.
The weapons were transported in two police trucks and five mobile vans from DIG West office to the army’s ordnance depot. Sindh Police sought help of the army for the weapons analysis due to lack of modern facilities in the police department, sources said.
The police experts could not analyse the sub-machine guns (SMGs), rocket launchers, Bazooka, G-3 rifles, LMGs and anti-aircraft guns, sources further said.
The law enforcement officials had conducted raid at a house in Block-8 of Azizabad near Nine Zero headquarter of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and captured a large consignment of weapons hidden in an underground water tank of a house.
No arrests were made during the police raid.
The ammunition included 11 anti-aircraft guns, 39 light machine guns, 82 submachine guns, 200 hand grenades, 2,000 rifle grenades, 140 bullet proof jackets and thousands of rounds.