ISLAMABAD: Auto-theft incidents in the capital continue unabated as at least ten such cases have been reported by the police in less than two weeks. Police said three cases of car theft and six cases of motorcycle theft have been registered at various police stations in recent days.
Police records show that a car was stolen from G-11/3 and another from G-10/1, both in the jurisdiction of Ramna police station. The third car was lifted from Ghauri Town in Koral police limits. Motorcycle theft cases were reported by Shahzad Town, Sihala, Aabpara, Sabzi Mandi, Secretariat, Khanna, and Koral police.
Police remain clueless about the thieves as all cases were registered against unidentified persons.
A police officer said that while many auto-theft gangs have been busted by the anti-car lifting cell (ACLC) of the capital police in recent years, a few were unsolved and are pending. He said most of the vehicles stolen from Islamabad are smuggled outside Islamabad and sometimes their manufacturing tampered with. “We have recovered dozens of vehicles which were stolen from Islamabad so far this year and busted several gangs,” the officer said.
The police had busted a major auto-theft gang which involved several police officials of AJK in April this year. Two dozen stolen vehicles were recovered from them.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2017.