KARACHI: Police on Friday claimed to have killed two suspected robbers, said to be associated with the notorious ‘White Corolla Gang’, in an encounter on Friday.

The Jamshed Quarters police said that the ‘encounter’ took place between police and the ‘White Corolla Gang’ near Hussaini Yateem Khana, Teen Hatti.

Area SHO Syed Imtiaz Husain said that a patrolling police party had indicated some suspects to stop but they opened fire on them in their bid to flee.

East SSP Syed Irfan Bahadur said both the suspects suffered critical bullet wounds and died on way to the hospital.

The deceased were identified as Mohammed Shahid alias Burgar and Shahid Qureshi alias Kala.

Their two accomplices managed to escape from the spot in their car.

The police claimed to have recovered two TT pistols from the suspects’ custody.

“The killed suspects had established a reign of terror in the metropolis. They used a white Toyota Corolla for carrying out their criminal activities,” the official added.

The police said that Shahid was involved in over 26 house robberies while Qureshi was previously arrested in more than 10 robberies. However, he was enlarged on bail later.

A few days ago, the gang had committed a robbery at the house of a lawyer in the Al-Falah area. However, police reached the scene and during an encounter managed to arrest their accomplice Imran alias Mani in a wounded condition.

Likewise, another member of the same gang was held after an encounter in Gulistan-i-Jauhar when they were fleeing after looting a house.

In August 2023, the police had killed five suspected robbers in a North Karachi area and claimed that they were part of the White Corolla Gang.

Published in Dawn, March 2nd, 2024

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