Islamabad: ACLC recovers huge cache of arms, ammunition
Islamabad: The Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC), in a major breakthrough, recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition being transported to Punjab on Sunday.
“The ACLC team intercepted a Toyota Corolla car bearing registration number (RIU-4570) at a checkpost on GT Road near Tarnol during a crackdown on the carjacking mafia. It cannot be ruled out that the consignment is intended for terrorist activities,” IGP (Islamabad) Bani-Amin Khan said while talking to ‘The News’. He said: “The people investigating the case are trying to ascertain whether the consignment was being taken to Karachi for distribution among target killing mafia or the motive for using it was something else.”
Meanwhile addressing a press conference at the ‘Rescue-15,’ Interior Minister Rehman Malik appreciated the performance of the ACLC and announced rewards for officials of the raiding team.
Chief Commissioner (Islamabad) Tariq Pirzada and IGP (Islamabad) Bani–Amin Khan were also present on the occasion. The IGP termed it a heroic action by the ACLC. He said that he wanted to see the entire police force with such energy and commitment in performing their duties. The arms and ammunition were concealed in secret compartments of the car.
As many as 50 pistols with 100 magazines, 14 Kalashnikovs guns with 24 magazines, 6 shotguns with 6 magazines, 4 pump-action guns, one sniper, one double-barrel and over 40,000 bullets of different calibers were recovered.
A man, identified as Mehboob Hussain, a resident of Kahuta, has been arrested for arms and ammunition smuggling and later shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation.
DSP Altaf Aziz Khattak, chief of the ACLC, told ‘The News’ that the Tarnol Checkpost was specifically set up to intercept carjackers, who take vehicles to Peshawar stolen from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. He said that the suspect, coming from Burhan (M-2), wanted to take the M-1 to Lahore, but got information from his accomplices ahead of him, about some hurdle ahead on M-1. “He took the exit to Tarnol and was intercepted by the ACLA personnel when he took a turn to take M-1 again,” he added. He said that the ACLA personnel recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition hidden in secret compartments of the car.
Capital police was maintaining high alert in the city and checking was enhanced at the entry and exit points. With the same objective of tight security, ACLC team headed by its In-Charge Altaf Aziz Khattak and also including Sub-Inspector Muhammad Nazir. Head constables Irfan Khan, Khalid Khan, constable Rafaqat Mehmud was conducting checking near motorway interchange in the jurisdiction of Tarnol police station. This team stopped a suspected Corolla car (RIU-4570) following which its occupant tried to escape from the scene. Police team chased the absconding person and managed to overpower him. On the search of the car, police recovered huge quantity of weapons.
Earlier, the IGP Islamabad briefed the minister about the performance of Islamabad Police and efforts in curbing criminal activities. The minister said that Islamabad Police is endeavouring its best to safeguard the city and this force is role model for other law enforcement agencies.