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KARACHI, April 12: The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) of police on Friday arrested an inspector for passing on information to members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and some gangs of kidnappers.

“We have arrested Inspector Rana Ishrat, 45, after collecting incriminating technical evidence against him for his involvement and contacts with the outlaws,” said SSP AVCC Niaz Ahmed Khosa while speaking to Dawn.

Inspector Ishrat was inquiry officer of the case pertaining to the kidnapping of Zainul Abidin, who used to supply oil to Nato forces in Afghanistan, in Keamari. During investigation, Inspector Ishrat came into contact with the TTP men involved in the kidnapping and went to Khyber Agency to collect money from them, SSP Khosa said.

“We got the information about the suspicious activities of the inspector and we started monitoring him,” said the SSP AVCC.

Meanwhile, an ASI posted at the AVCC, Mohammad Fayyaz, was killed, he added. The investigation showed that the inspector was not directly involved in the ASI’s killing but was instrumental in passing on sensitive information to the killers and was part of a wider plan to eliminate more police officers, including the SSP AVCC, the officer explained.

The inspector was getting money from the culprits in return for passing on sensitive information to them, he added.

After collecting all the technical evidence, including call record data, the AVCC registered a case against the inspector and arrested him, SSP Khosa said.

The suspect hailing from Sialkot had been working at the AVCC for the past eight years, the officer said, adding that he resided along with his family in the Police Headquarters, Garden.