KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted notorious Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baloch for kidnapping and murdering a trader.
Baloch was brought to the court handcuffed under strict security with his face covered with a mask.
The presiding judge said that Baloch has been accused of kidnapping a trader named Abdul Samad and demanding a ransom of one million rupees from his family. The trader was murdered even after his family paid Rs70,000 to Baloch, the judge said while reading out the charges.
The gangster pleaded not guilty to the charges for his alleged role in the murder and kidnapping. The court issued notices to the investigating officer and the witnesses in the case to appear at the next hearing.
Baloch was arrested by the Rangers on 30th January, 2016 and was handed over to law-enforcement agencies in April this year to raise various criminals charges against him.
He has been accused of committing 198 murders, illegally purchasing weapons, attacking police stations, embezzling funds, extorting money and espionage.