According to an investigation report prepared by the Special Branch of the Sindh Police, over 100 policemen were found involved in running at least 363 narcotics dens in Karachi.
The list of Karachi police officers includes different ranks from constables to deputy superintendents of police (DSPs).
After 2013, when they numbered 115, the presence of narcotics dens in the country’s largest metropolis has almost tripled. In the district-wise distribution, Central hosts the majority of 164 dens, followed by district West (89 dens), district old city areas (39 dens each), district East (19 dens), district South and Korangi (15 dens each) and Malir (four dens).
The probe finds that the police officers are “directly involved” in running these dens while collecting millions of rupees from there. This is the second major report in eight years, raising more concerns and troubling questions on the law and order situation in the city.
Geo News reported that the involved police officers in the district Korangi had been suspended as SSP Shahjahan Khan formed an inquiry committee under the supervision of SP Landhi.
Meanwhile, around eight policemen and officials were also suspended in district Malir. According to media reports, an inquiry is underway.
Speaking to The News, a police official said: “Both the reports of 2013 and 2021 had many similarities regarding involvement of cops in sponsoring the vice. However, in 2013, the number of narcotics/gambling dens was 115, which should have decreased, but in fact the numbers have gone up by three-fold and now stands at 363.”
He added that that the policemen would be suspended temporarily and they would rejoin the force one by one and initiate crimes like they had done in the past.
The police official was astounded by the fact that the report has created so much panic and alarm within the police force.
Whether no one knew about the involvement of police officers in running drug dens or was this proof that the rot runs much deeper in the police force, The News quoted him as saying.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday ordered an operation against the drug mafia in a meeting over the law and order situation in Karachi.