By Munawer Azeem
October 18, 2009
ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 Police raided a `safe house` of the proscribed student organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir on Saturday and took into custody over two dozen activists.
Six activists of the group managed to escape despite a siege of the house in sector F-8/3.
Police raided the house after a tip-off that a large number of the banned outfit`s members were huddled in a meeting there to plot acts of subversion in Islamabad. The house is located only a few kilometres from the offices of police high-ups.
A heavy contingent of well-equipped policemen and personnel of anti-terrorist squad took part in the raid.
Police found some objectionable literature, computers and some other stuff in the house and seized over 15 vehicles, including Sedan cars and sport utility vehicles.
According to a senior police officer, the arrested people were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act and produced in a court of law for further legal action. He said the activists were suspected of helping militants.
He said the meeting was being held in a rented house and police were searching for the owner who would also face a legal action.