Karachi: Car lifters’ gang busted, four suspects arrested
KARACHI: A fierce gun battle took place late on Saturday night in the Gulistan-i-Jauhar area between car lifters and personnel of the Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC). The ACLC officials apprehended an inter-provincial gang of car lifters and recovered three vehicles, arms, fake number plates and four jamming devices.
SSP Javed Akber Riaz of ACLC Karachi said they received tip-offs that a gang was active in Gulshan and Gulistan-i-Jauhar areas which mostly snatched Toyota Corolla cars of 2011-12 models.
Riaz was also informed that a Toyota Corolla that had been equipped with a tracking device was snatched from the Gulshan area and was no longer traceable. Riaz thinks that the suspects had managed to dismantle the car’s tracking system.
He added that the last recorded location of the vehicle was from the Gulistan-i-Jauhar area, upon which he immediately moved teams of the ACLC to track down the car. After leading a search in the area, ACLC officials found the snatched vehicle parked in a bungalow situated in Gulistan-i-Jauhar.
He immediately sent more personnel to the spot for back-up. The police reached outside the bungalow where the suspects were hiding. The suspects opened fire on the police which was retaliated and an encounter took place. More police forces were called in and the area was cordoned off.
During the encounter the police managed to apprehend one suspect who was in possession of a pistol.
While the encounter was under way the suspects jumped out of the bungalow and hid inside some bushes near the bungalow.
The police managed to arrest three more car-lifters, however, three of their associates managed to escape under the cover of fire and darkness.
The suspects were moved to the ACLC unit for further investigation. During a search of their hideout, police recovered four jamming devices, three Toyota Corolla cars of 2011-12 models without number plates and a large amount of fake number plates. The residents of the locality greatly appreciated the efforts made by police.
SSP Riaz said that the criminals were identified as Mukhtiar Chandio, Dildar Bhutto, Gulzar Jatoi and Khizer Abbas.
During investigation the accused disclosed that they would snatch vehicles at gunpoint from Gulshan, Bahadurabad, Gulistan-i-Jauhar and Sharea Faisal areas and hide them at their bungalow in Gulistan-i-Jauhar which they had rented a few months back.
The criminals would install a jamming device on the snatched cars so that the tracking companies could not trace their location.
Afterwards, they would dismantle put a fake number plate on the cars and shift them to their buyers in interior Sindh. The car lifters used to snatch five to six vehicles per day from the above areas.