Islamabad: 8 gangs of carjackers active in twin cities
Islamabad: At least, eight gangs of carjackers are operating in Rawalpindi and Islamabad alone, the jailed carjacking don, Mohammad Hassan, has revealed in his 33-page statement sent to The News for the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
These gangs are Imran Goga Gang , Raees Khan Bajauri Gang , his brother s Sardar Bajauri Gang , Kaku Khan Gang , Sheraz Khan Gang , Imtiaz Khan Gang and Babar Khan Gang and Rizwan Khan Gang . All these gangs are working under the protection of police, especially the Anti-Car Lifting Cells (ACLCs) of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
All gangs are based in Rawalpindi but operating in Islamabad too. Imran Goga and his gang members are the best in the field and they specifically target Toyota Corolla cars. Imran Goga lives in Mohallah Waris Khan of Rawalpindi, but he also has houses in Lahore and Attock. His mother lives in Lahore. His two sisters, who are married, are living in Charsadda, while his father-in-law is in Attock jail, the jailed car don said in his statement.
The gangs use different methods for lifting cars. One group has expertise in smashing rear door windows of cars to unlock it and disable anti-theft alarms and remote alarm systems installed in these vehicles and then they use the master key to drive it away.
The second gang uses jammers to steal cars. It is the easiest way to lift a vehicle and takes hardly a few seconds to unlock a vehicle.
The other methods of carjacking are somewhat primitive in which carjackers cut the gear-hand break locks, the steering wheel locks or the clutch-brake locks with specially designed saws. In some cases, he said, where the car owner has used the steering-brake paddle lock, these carjackers simply use force by pushing the steering downward using their feet with full body force behind, and the lock just slips off the steering wheel or disengages from the brake-paddle. In some cases, carjackers simply cut a small piece of steering wheel to get rid of this simplest of anti-theft locks used by car owners. All these processes take 1 to 3 minutes at the most.
Imran Goga has recently got out of jail after serving a sentence and he is not very active in the field. But he still manages something, enough to meet his requirements.
Raees Khan Bajauri has a dera in Street 65, People’s Colony, Tench Bhata, Rawalpindi. His brother, Sardar Bajauri, who operates his own gang independently, also lives in People’s Colony. The leader of another gang, which is known as Teray Naam (For You), also lives in People’s Colony.
Kaku Khan, who is one of the leading carjackers of Rawalpindi, lives in Mohallah Waris Khan. He is patronised by the Rawalpindi Police.
The Sheraz Khan Gang operates in Islamabad and Murree. Sheraz Khan is also running a restaurant in an underground market near the GPO in Murree where all dealings are made. Imtiaz Khan operates his own group in and around Islamabad and they both, Sheraz Khan and Imtiaz Khan, are residents of Swabi, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Another two gangs are led by Babar and Rizwan separately. Babar belongs to Faisalabad and they both live in Mohallah Waris Khan in Rawalpindi. Rizwan is most probably in police custody nowadays. Members of Rizwan Gang usually wear jeans and they usually lift small vehicles like Suzuki Mehran and Suzuki Alto cars.
The gang of Kaku Khan is operating in Rawalpindi. His son is a member of the gang. It is the Kaku Khan Gang which is responsible for most car thefts in Rawalpindi. Police is well aware of his activities but no police official has the courage to lay his hands on him.
Another two gangs are run by Iftikhar and Sabir who belong to Sheikhupura. They are usually involved in carjacking in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lahore and they keep moving from one city to the other, never staying at a place for a longer period of time.
Only Iftikhar Gang has lifted 10 big vehicles (Toyota Corollas and other such vehicles) during the last one week from Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lahore and all these vehicles have been sold to Jawad Hoti in Mardan.
Another group belongs to Safeer Khan, who, according to Mohammad Hassan, is also very well known in the carjackers circles and operates in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. However, he did not give the place of residence of Safeer Khan.
Other important characters in carjacking are duplicate key makers and workers of various car washing points in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
All these gangs involved in carjacking in Rawalpindi and Islamabad get master keys made from different key-makers . But the most trusted and masterful in the job is a man working in Markaz F-11, Islamabad, running business under the name of Mian Key Maker .
Almost all carjackers of Islamabad and Rawalpindi get the master keys and duplicate keys made from him and he is considered to be the best in the field. He charges heavily but leaves no point to complain in his job. He is working for a long time now. He prepares master keys and duplicate keys from the metal used in the piston rods of vehicles. He is of short stature, having a dark complexion. He has two wives and lives in a settlement near F-11.
While every carjacker gets a few master keys made, they also get duplicate keys of vehicles that they have already targeted to lift. In this connection, workers engaged at various car-washing points and service stations prove to be of great help.
Workers at service stations or car-washing centres provide the original keys of the cars brought for service or washing to members of these carjacking gangs. People, especially the rich people who can hardly wait for an hour or two for their turn to get their vehicle serviced and washed, usually leave their vehicles at these points, handing over the keys of the vehicles with the young men working there.
Most of these workers, who are Pakhtuns, usually hand over the keys as well as the registration plate number of such vehicles to the members of these carjacking gangs, who are lurking around on motorbikes or cars.
As soon as they get hold of such a key, they rush to Mian Key Maker in Markaz F-11, who always do their job on priority basis and within an hour they return with the duplicate key of the vehicle tucked in their pockets. Now, they only keep an eye on that particular vehicle and keep following the owner and as soon as they get a chance, they simply use that key and drive away without facing any problem. Usually, there are more than one person involved in such operations as one keeps an eye on the movement of the vehicle owner after he parks the car and leaves for any errand while others quickly take over the vehicle and drive away.
Another component in these carjacking operations is the vehicles taken on rent from a rent-a-car outlet. The carjackers usually need two vehicles for the carjacking attempt.
After lifting a vehicle, one of these rented vehicle drives in front of the stolen vehicle, clearing the way, while the second follows it. If anything goes wrong, the carjacker will immediately abandon the stolen vehicle and he will be quickly picked up by those in the follow-up vehicle and they will escape from the scene.
The most trusted rent-a-car for this job is B-Motors , owned by one Malik, who also enjoys very good relations with officials of the Rawalpindi Police. He has been running rent-a-car business mostly through stolen vehicles recovered by police and acquired by officers and officials of the Rawalpindi Police on superdari (possession) basis through the court of law, Hassan said.
In this kind of activity, the carjackers don t target any specific vehicles as has been in the case of the vehicles for which they have made the duplicate keys. They lift vehicles at random from any spot in Rawalpindi or Islamabad.