Rawalpindi: Valuables worth millions of rupees recovered
RAWALPINDI: The district police have taken into custody 13 members of three gangs involved in dacoities, vehicle–lifting, mobile and purse snatching and recovered looted valuables worth millions of rupees from them, said CPO (Rawalpindi) Rao Muhammad Iqbal. He stated this while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday. The CPO said that members of a gang were specialised in hitting people who left banks after drawing cash. According to him, this gang targeted at least 11 people outside different bank branches.
The CPO said that police traced down the gang. When a police team conducted a raid on their hideout, the gang members opened fire and managed to escape from the scene leaving a wounded accomplice behind, he said. He added that police gathered information about gang members from the wounded robber and arrested them one by one.
He said that gangsters — Rashid Mehmood, Ali Sher, Hassan Ali, Muhammad Awais, Ejaz Ali and Muhammad Younas — used to visit different bank branches to select their targets.
“These robbers looted over Rs3 million during last six months from people who had drawn cash from different banks. They also committed robberies at two houses in Satellite Town and took away cash and gold ornaments worth Rs2 million,” the CPO said.
He said that bandits have also confessed committing such crimes in Lahore, Faisalabad and Sahiwal.
Giving details of the second gang involved in vehicle–lifting, Rao Iqbal said “The gang comprised Muhammad Yousaf Khan, Umar Bachar, Shahnawaz and Javed Ali. Police have recovered five vehicles from them.”
The third gang, he said, was involved in mobile and purse snatching. Its members were taken into custody by the New Town Police.
Two young motorcyclists, later identified as Muhammad Ayub Kiani and Maqbool Hussain, were arrested by police. They admitted snatching mobile phones and purses in different localities of the city. Later, police traced the ringleader of the gang, identified as Muhammad Nabeel, and recovered 14 snatched mobile phones from him.