KUWAIT CITY, Dec 23: Some 1,700 security operatives, 150 patrol teams and helicopters stormed Al-Jleeb Shuyoukh in a commando style for a campaign leading to arrest of 3,338 residency law violators and people wanted for various offenses. The operation was in line with directives from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah.
Undersecretary of Interior Ministry Lieutenant General Sulaiman Fahad Al-Fahad and the Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security and Field Technical Supervisor of Security Campaigns Major General Abdul- Fattah Al-Ali personally supervised the campaign. The officers barricaded all major and minor roads leading to streets in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh before the operation began.
They divided the area into five parts for each command to handle one, as they stormed suspicious locations where people indulged in crimes ranging from stealing vehicles, raiding tents, shops and private buildings, in addition to illegal international call operators. The officers used movable and immovable CCTV to monitor the activities, which assisted them to trace some suspects.
About 1,248 people were arrested for failure to produce identification papers, in addition to 305 residency visa violators, 135 wanted debtors, 63 under warrant of arrest, 123 prostitutes, 299 absconders and 16 drug peddlers. Others included 480 people with expired residencies, 23 people wanted for criminal offenses, 472 with deportation order, 5 local liquor brewers. They also closed down 38 unlicensed shops.
Thief cries robbery: The criminal detectives have shed light on the mystery surrounding an armed robbery during which a vehicle transporting money was robbed seven months ago and the culprits fled with KD 16,000. Sources privy to the investigation revealed the person (an Indian) who executed the robbery reported it to the authority and he had an accomplice – a compatriot who already left the country. Sources said the Indian reported to the authorities that he was robbed in front of a money exchange center in Salmiya, where some unknown individuals stole three bags of cash at gunpoint. With the help of security cameras and other clues, the detectives discovered that the one who made the report executed the robbery together with a compatriot in what appears to be wellorchestrated robbery plan. When the culprit was arrested, he confessed saying that he agreed to split the money with his accomplice who fled from the country with one third of the loot. At the time of arrest, the culprit had KD 6,500 in his possession.
Indian dies in mishap: A speeding Kuwaiti motorist hit and killed an Indian expatriate while he was trying to cross the Fahaheel Expressway opposite Bayan area. Acting on information, a rescue team rushed to the scene. Paramedics examined the body and confirmed the victim had already succumbed to his injuries. The remains were referred to Forensics by Criminal Evidences Men. The motorist told security operatives the victim had appeared on the road suddenly and he couldn’t avoid hitting him. A case was registered.
Medicine seized: Customs officers from Doha Port thwarted attempt by an Iranian expatriate to smuggle a large quantity of subsidized medicine from Kuwait to his home country. He was referred with the medicine to relevant authorities.
Visa traffickers held: Personnel from the Residence Affairs Department have arrested an unidentified company representative (mandoub) for selling visas, reports Al-Anba daily. The daily added, the suspect forged visas for the estimated number of workers required by a farm and sold visas to 200 Arabs in collusion with an unidentified Kuwaiti ‘sponsor’. The arrest came following a tip-off from unidentified sources. During interrogation the suspect said he got KD 150 after each transaction and the Kuwaiti received KD 1,000. According to security sources, efforts are underway to track down the 200 workers who are brought and ‘abandoned’ into the country to look for a job.
Man held with gun: Officers at the Kuwait International Airport have arrested a Kuwaiti for possessing Magnum pistol and five bullets, reports Al-Shahed daily. He was taken to the Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Police Station before handing him over to the Public Prosecution. According to security sources the suspect was on his way to Jeddah. The weapon and ammunition were detected by the scanning device.
By Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah staff and Agencies