Rawalpindi: Gangs of robbers, purse theives apprehended
RAWALPINDI: City police have busted three gangs allegedly involved in incidents of robbery, car theft, purse and mobile snatching and looting people at gunpoint but failed to recover the looted goods. City Police Officer (CPO) Rao Muhammad Iqbal told a press conference that rising incidents of robbery had become a big challenge for the police. He said the police formed different teams to arrest the gangs and crime graph would go down after their arrest.
He said Anti Dacoity Cell (ADC) arrested five out of seven members of a gang allegedly involved in looting people at gunpoint when they withdrew cash from banks in the limits of Banni and Airport police stations. He said gangsters Arshad Mehmood, Ali Sher, Hassan Ali, Muhammad Awais and Ejaz Ali lived in rented houses in Gulzara Quaid and Airport Housing Society.
He said the police had also arrested illegal weapons from them but their two accomplices were still at large. He said the gangsters had confessed to their involvement in 19 incidents of robbery in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Most of these robberies took place in the limits of New Town, Westridge, Cantonment, Sadiqabad, Waris Khan and Banni police stations.
He said the same gang was also allegedly involved in six incidents of mugging and car theft. He said the police were hopeful of recovering looted cash and other goods from them.
The CPO said Banni police arrested three members of a gang of car lifters while one was still at large. He said the car lifters had been identified as Muhammad Yousaf, Umar Boucher, Shah Nawaz Khan while their accomplice Javid Ali was on the run. He said preliminary investigations revealed that the accused were wanted in several car theft cases.