Police catch Afghan gang of five involved in murder, theft

Suspects previously escaped arrest by fleeing to their country


Iftikhar Chaudhry January 26, 2019
Suspects previously escaped arrest by fleeing to their country. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Industrial Area Zone police have busted a five-member gang involved in more than 30 robberies in the area, murder of a trader and firing on Eagle squad of police.

Addressing a press conference on Friday at Rescue 15, Islamabad Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Waqar Uddin Syed said Inspector General of Police Islamabad has directed all police officials to remain highly vigilant for criminal elements in the area and ordered an effective crackdown against them. Owing his directions, he said that special teams were constituted by SP (Industrial Area) Sumera Azam to trace those involved in committing crimes of a serious nature.

These teams including DSP Fida Hussain Satti, Sabzi Mandi Police Station SHO Tariq Rauf, ASIs Muhammad Ramzan Zulfiqar and others worked hard and succeeded in nabbing a gang of robbers hailing from Afghanistan.

They were identified as Javed s/o Shireen Agha, Muhammad Zada alias Mazare s/o Sahibzada, Habib alias Javed s/o Jannat Gul, Zahir Shah s/o Abdullah Khan and Khalid s/o Said Gul. Police also recovered four bikes, four pistols, 100 rounds, one dagger and five mobile phones from them.

During the preliminary investigation, they confessed to murdering Ahmed Bux after firing when he was going back from Sabzi Mandi along with money. They also admitted to an encounter with Eagle Squad of Islamabad police and opening fire on personnel.

Moreover, they also informed the police about their involvement in more than 30 cases of theft in Industrial area police station and also in other areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad including Tarnol and Golra.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2019.

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