Rawalpindi: Bike-lifting gang of teenagers busted
RAWALPINDI: The rate of street crimes has jumped up to an alarming extent. This fact could be gauged from the fact that a recently busted gang of bike snatchers turned out to be of teenagers. The armed underage gangsters, roaming in different localities of the city, have stolen and snatched hundreds of bikes and handed them over to the big mafia running vehicle–lifting trade, sources in police told ‘The News’ here on Wednesday. “It is a weakness of society as these kids have set aside their books and took up weapons to snatch motorbikes for money. It also shows how poor the law enforcement agencies are performing,” said a cop when contacted for his comments on the sensitivity of involvement of underage boys in this crime.
He said that it is astonishing and that youth even under 18, who even have not yet got their national ID cards, have indulged in such criminal activities.
“These gangs are working on area basis. The gang of the area avoids lifting bikes from their own areas and hits other localities,” the officer said. He said that the Banni Police, however, have busted a gang of teenagers involved in bike lifting, arresting 6 boys with their 18–year–old chieftain identified as Adnan and recovered 34 stolen and snatched bikes from their possession. He said that the gangsters have confessed to stealing and snatching over 150 bikes from different localities of the city.
The officer said that the prime motive of police should be to unearth other gangs of young bike lifters by using information collected from these bike–lifters.
This gang comprised young boys of Chittian Hattian. Police have claimed that the gangsters have disclosed secrets about other bike and car–lifting gangs active in and around the city and they would be hunted down soon. “Police have obtained enough information to smash these gangs,” the officer added.