Lahore: Police bust rustlers’ gang
LAHORE: In a major development on Friday, the police have smashed an inter-district gang of dacoits by arresting its seven members involved in several cases of cattle-lifting in the southern Punjab. The police have also arrested a most wanted proclaimed offender during a successful operation carried out in Khanewal district.
District Police Officer (DPO) Khanewal, Muhammad Waqar Abbasi, said on Friday that a special police team was constituted to track down the gangsters involved in committing armed robberies and snatching cattle-heads at gunpoint from the farmers in different areas of the southern Punjab.
According to an official handout issued in this regard from the office of the District Police Officer, the police team comprising senior officials collected particulars of this gang and carried raided simultaneous raids in different parts of Khanewal district and arrested five gangsters.
“This a major achievement as the arrests of the members of this most wanted gang would put end to the incidents of cattle-snatching not only in the entire district but also in other parts of the Southern Punjab,” Muhammad Waqar Abbasi told this reporter by phone.
The arrested robbers were later identified as Haji Muhammad, the ringleader, Zahoor Ahmed, Abdul Rahim, Saram Shah Wali, Omar Hayat Mushtaq and Shahid Hussain.
The police have also recovered two cars, four buffaloes, two motorcycles and illegal weapons from their possession. Police said that more arrests are expected as the accused are being interrogated by the police investigators.
Muhammad Waqar Abbasi further said that a separate police team also raided a hideout and arrested a most wanted proclaimed offender with Rs 100,000 head-money.
The name of the arrested gangster, identified as Kamran alias Kami, was also included in the black book of the police and he was wanted to the police in several cases of heinous crimes. The accused was also wanted to the Rawalpindi police in several cases of armed dacoities. Further investigations are underway.
Meanwhile, DPO Khanewal, Muhammad Waqar Abbasi, has announced cash prizes and commendatory certificates for the police teams.