Bahawalpur: ‘Politically backed’ robbers’ gang busted, 11 arrested
BAHAWALPUR: The district police have busted an inter–provincial gang which consisted of 11 members and was wanted in burglary cases, besides recovering loot worth millions of rupees, disclosed the district police officer of Bahawalpur. Addressing a press conference, the district police officer said that some politicians were also patronising criminals. He said that the accused used to commit burglaries in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanewal, Multan and Lodhran, adding that the gang also included educated persons.
He said that for the last few months, an increase in the robbery and other crimes had been witnessed on which a team was constituted consisting of DSP City Muhammad Ishaq Dhaloon, SHO Baghdad and SHO Civil Lines to arrest the criminals. The police traced the accused by latest technology and arrested Hassan Ali of satellite town, Kashif Mairaj from Ahmadpur East, Usman Tariq of Bahawalpur, Qari Saadat of Chak 9BC, Muhammad Zahid, Adnan Qayum, Ziaur Rehman, Waqas Ahmad, Jahanzeb Aagha, Haji Shahid and Khalid.
During investigation, the DPO said, the arrested persons had confessed that they had committed the crimes in Bahawalpur including Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Lodhran and Khanewal. They committed 28 crimes in Bahawalpur, five in Rahim Yar Khan, four in Khanewal, one each in Multan and Lodhran, he said.
He added they admitted to have robbed 756 thousand rupees from Rescue 1122 office Bahawalpur, 750 thousand rupees from Auqaaf Department office, six laptops, gold chain, ring and cash from Sheikh Zayed Hospital’s Doctor Dr. Shahzad Bukhari.
They committed burglary in Bank official’s house near Al Farooq School Bahawalpur and during robbery in Money Exchange office they injured two persons by firing near General Bus Stand Bahawalpur and similar kind of crime were committed in Muslim Town, Rafi Qamar road, Technology College, Grain Market, Telephone Exchange and other areas, he said.
The police have recovered 11 laptops, two motorcycle, costly watches, computer, mobile phones, cameras, illegal weapons and driving license, he noted. He added that from August 2012 to January 2013, 21 murder cases, 41 attempts to murder, 46 burglary cases, 133 street crimes, 86 car snatching and 139 cases of vehicle theft were registered.