A gang of criminals involved in numerous burglaries and murders in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and Punjab have been arrested by the Mirpur police.
Acting on a tip off, the police arrested 18 members of the gang on Friday night in simultaneous raids conducted in Dina, a town adjacent to Mirpur, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Chaudhry Munir Hussain told media persons on Saturday. He was addressing a news conference at his office along with Mirpur Deputy Commissioner Masoodur Rehman.
SSP Hussain said the police seized three police uniforms, four fake government licence plates, 10 pistols, 17 cell phones, cash, a laptop computer and a large quantity of gold jewellery other looted items from the gang members.
He revealed that the gang-members were planning to rob a jewellery shop, by the name of Mushtaq Jewellers, in Sector C/4 of Mirpur while impersonating as police officers. He said the gang members had planned to rob the store by calming that the store owner was selling fake jewellery.
The SSP added that of the police uniforms seized, one was pinned with the rank of assistant sub-inspector and the other two with the rank of sub-inspector.
SSP Hussain said that so far the gang’s involvement has been confirmed a recent robbery at a local automobile shop owned by Chaudhry Munir Ahmed, from where they looted Rs125,000 and three cell phones. The gang also looted Rs119,000 and two mobile phones from a petrol pump at Allama Iqbal Road and robbed houses in Sector G/1, Sector B/5 and Sangoat and Jarole villages, taking away cash and gold ornaments worth over Rs3 million.
SSP Hussain said during preliminary investigations, an accused identified as Abid Hussain Baloch from Gujranwala, confessed to killing four men in different robberies in Punjab. The SSP said he is communicating with the Punjab police to get details about the involvement of the gang members in other crimes. He added that relevant cases have been registered against the arrested men in the Thothal City Police Station and investigations are underway.
The accused have been identified as Mohsin Iqbal from Multan, Haleem Khan from Rawalpindi, Muhammad Yasin from Lahore, Sajaad Shah from Nankana Sahib, Abid Hussain Baloch from Gujranwala, Mustafa Shah from Nathiya Town of Mirpur, Mahmood Hussain from Khaarik, Rashid, Imran Bashir, Muhammad, Zahoor Sagher from Sargodha, Sahrif from Jatlan, Muhammad Idress from Bhaliyala, Ibrar Ahmed from Potha Sheir are of Dadayal, Basharat from Bangish Colony Rawalpindi, Zahir from Sarda Kotli and Sohail Akram from Khaniwal.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2012.
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