Cantonment police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two brothers, who they said were car thieves.
Police said they recovered 15 vehicles from the men, identified as Shahzad Masih and Aftab Masih.
Station House Officer Irfan Akbar said that police have traced cases against them at several police stations in Rahim Yar Khan as well as Sheikupura and Faisalabad, where they had also been jailed and later released after serving their jail terms for car theft. He said Shahzad was released from Faisalabad Central Jail in November 2012, from where he then came to Bahawalpur and started stealing cars from Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) parking lot and nearby roads with help from his brother.
He said Shahzad had stolen 12 cars from the BVH area in two months.
He said he had been appointed by District Police Officer Sohail Habib Tajik to trace the car thieves.
The SHO said that he and SDPO Muhammad Ishaq Dhaloon traced the two men.
He said the thieves used to sell the stolen cars to Badar Munir and Zeeshan, who, he said, were still to be arrested.
Separately, Cant police said, two narcotics dealers were also arrested on Tuesday in the Ahmadpuri Gate area. They were identified as Muhammad Waheed and Muhammad Javed. Police said they seized 80 bottles of liquor and six kilogrammes of hashish from them.
Women robbers arrested
Cantonment police also arrested three women shortly after they had stolen 264 grams of gold jewellery from a house.
Police said the women, identified as Kausar, Rasoolan Mai and Sumera, broke into a house in Hashmi Garden.
The owner of the house Riaz Shah said the women locked the family in a room and took the gold. After they left, he said, he was able to alert the police, who arrested them and recovered the gold.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2013.