-Says valuables worth 25mln recovered in the process
By Uzma Zafar
ISLAMABAD: SSP Operations Dr. Syed Mustafa Tanveer has said that Islamabad police have taken measures to maintain law and order besides controlling crime in the city.
He was addressing a press conference at Rescue-15 her on Tuesday. He said the police, during the past two weeks, arrested 28 criminals associated with 12 gangs and recovered looted valuables worth over 25 million from them. He said these criminals were involved in house burglary, snatching, extortion, and vehicle snatching.
He said the police arrested 227 accused in July and August and also recovered 11 Kalashnikovs, 7 guns, 196 pistols, 8 daggers and 1799 rounds from their possession. He told the media that a woman was shot dead by unknown assailants on the evening of August 25 in Tarnol area. He said it was a blind murder however, the police traced the culprits while investigating the case on modern technical lines. He said the police raided for the arrest of the accused but he opened fire on the police team and fled from the scene. Later, he said, the accused was arrested from sector C-17. He said the accused has been identified as Usman Khan son of Habib Ghulam Khan, a resident of Bannu. Raids are being carried out to arrest the co-accused who will be arrested soon, said the SSP further. He said the accused has also confessed to having committed 5 robberies and is being interrogated.
Similarly, the SSP said, Sabzi Mandi police have arrested a four-member gang of robbers. The accused include Habibullah alias Kachkul son of Ghani Khan, Nangiala alias Garu son of Qadeem Khan, Abdullah Khan son of Bulbul, Noor Agha son of Farooq. The accused committed crime at the IJP Road, Kashmir Highway and Sabzi Mandi areas, according to the SSP. He said during the interrogation, the accused have confessed to having committed more than 10 incidents of robbery. The police have also recovered 10 motorcycles, 3 mobile phones, 4 pistols from the possession of the accused. He further said that the police have also arrested a criminal Waqas Hussain, a resident of Hashtnagri Lahore Gate Darakhshan Plaza, Peshawar and the police was conducting raids for the arrest of his accomplices. He said the accused along with his accomplices had stolen a Grandi Corolla from Sector I-8 Islamabad. The police acted on the information and chased the accused. The stolen vehicle was recovered later, the SSP said.
He said the accused used to come to Islamabad from Peshawar in a vehicle daily and stole up-model vehicles. The accused has so far confessed his involvement in 7 incidents and further investigation is underway. He said Ramna police arrested a gang of robbers consisting of five persons who had gathered for the purpose of robbery. The accused include Arbaaz Iftikhar alias Bachi, Kamran Nazir Sabir, Mohammad Shakeel, Hassan Ali and Danish. He said 3 pistols, ropes and masks used in the robbery have been recovered from the possession of the accused. Further investigation is underway. Ramna Police have arrested three car thieves from whom four stolen vehicles have been recovered. The accused include Bakhtzada, Habib-ur-Rehman and Amir. Apart from this, CIA, Karachi Company, Shehzad Town, Lohi Bhair and Tarnol police have arrested gangs involved in various incidents of robbery, burglary and street crime, said the SSP further.
In addition, the SSP told the media, during the last two months, 2,745 accused involved in blind murders, robberies, street crime, car and motorcycle theft were arrested and more than Rs 134.3 million stolen from citizens, including 49 vehicles and 27 motorcycles were recoveredÛ” he said in the light of the orders of IG Islamabad Qazi Jameel-ur-Rehman, security has been alerted across the district and general hold-ups are also being imposed. All officers have been given clear instructions that if there is a crime call in his area, they will be questioned and departmental action will be initiated, he said adding that several steps have been taken to curb crime, including General Holdup, targeted operations, establishment of Eagle Squad, which has led to a significant reduction in crime rate. He said the ederal Police have adopted the policy of free registration of crime and maximum relief is being provided to the citizens. Islamabad Police will spare no effort to protect its citizens, he vowed.