-Killed offender was trained in Afghanistan, was wanted in at least 500 cases
-6 gang members killed, hunt for around 24 others still on
-Security on high alert in Capital
By Uzma Zafar
ISLAMABAD: A notorious robber was killed along with his accomplice during a joint operation carried out by the Islamabad Police and the Intelligence Bureau in the jurisdiction of Rawalpindi, IGP Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan told a press conference on Friday.
The slain robber, Bilal Sabit, was wanted by the police in over 500 cases of robberies, car-lifting, attacks on police and other criminal cases and had spread terror in Islamabad and Rawalpindi for a long, said IGP. The gangster that had received training in Afghanistan and links with terrorist groups caused a loss of more than Rs 3 billion to the citizens, he added.
The IGP said capital police was collecting data from Peshawar and Rawalpindi to dismantle the network of gang in coordination with other intelligence agencies, adding that his aides would be arrested soon.
He said the gang was become more active after 2018 and kept escaping from the police due to use of modern technology. “We are chasing the gang members and its facilitators to return looted items to the victims,” the IGP remarked. The number of gang members could range from 16 to 24, he said, adding that six of them had been killed in several encounters.
“Crime cannot be controlled without the cooperation of masses and law enforcement agencies,” he said and extended his gratitude to those who helped the police in tracing the gang. To a question, he said the security of Islamabad was put on high alert and monitoring every situation closely to ensure law and order.
IGP Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan on Friday directed to put security on high alert to ensure law and order in the federal capital. Akbar Nasir Khan instructed the DIG, SSP Operations to conduct search and combing operations, besides personally monitoring the duties on check posts erected at entry and exit of the city. The police officers and personnel posted on duties should be briefed on security.
Similarly, the security of Red Zone was also put on high alert with deployment of special police force. Over 10,000 tear gas shells were provided to the personnel to deal with any emergency situation. All the officers were directed to remain alert in their respective areas. All personnel on duty should be sent with a complete kit.
Mobile phones were not allowed during duty hours, the spokesman added.