Rawalpindi: Gang busted
RAWALPINDI: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) has busted a gang of car–snatchers and arrested its three members, including a young woman and a nine-year-old boy, recovering stolen and snatched vehicles from their possession, sources in the CIA told ‘The News’ here on Friday. SP (Headquarters) Israr Abbasi, who is holding the additional charge of SP (CIA), received several complaints regarding a gang involved in snatching private cars after hiring them for going out of Rawalpindi, sources said. added that the SP constituted a team, led by Sub–Inspector Gul Taj, to bust the gang.
The team, making headway to the gangsters’ base camp in Attock, conducted a raid on the hideout located at Eidgah, Marri Road, Attock, in the wee hours of Friday and arrested three gang members — Mohammad Qasim, Tahira Bibi and nine-year-old Tahir Javaid, son of ringleader Javaid Khan — and recovered stolen and snatched cars.
Police got a lead when Mohammad Ajmal Khan, resident of Mathal, Jhand, District Attock, lodged a complaint with the CIA that a gang, comprising a man, a young woman and a boy, booked his private Toyota car bearing registration number IDJ–4002 for Rawalpindi, but they took away the car after intoxicating its driver Basharat. The CIA conducted a raid on the hideout, but Javaid Khan and Ayub managed to escape from the scene. The gangsters confessed to snatching several vehicles from different parts of Punjab.
When the CIA contacted the SHO of the concerned police station for taking up the case, he refused to register an FIR against the mafia men, asking the CIA officer to release the accused as the mafia has strong links with mighty people, sources in the CIA said.