Police bust 17-member gang of robbers


CIA Police on Friday claimed to have arrested 17 members of a notorious gang and recovered cash and looted items including a car, nine motorcycles and gold jewellery worth over Rs 11 million from their possession.
This was announced by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Investigation Malik Ali Amir, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Abdul Razaq Cheema and CIA Superintendent of Police (SP) Umer Virk during a press conference. Amir told journalists that the criminals were wanted by police in a number of cases of murder, robbery, dacoity, street crimes and vehicle snatching.
The DIG said that the provincial government had fixed head money of Rs 0.7 million for ring leader of the gang later identified as Kashif alias Kashi, Rs 0.6 million for Arif Odh and Rs 0.2 million for arrest of Abdul Khaliq alias Pappu. The other arrested members of the gang include Muhammad Boota, Zaheer Ahmed, Mumtaz Ahmed, Shahbaz Hussain, Ali Arsalan, Noor Samad and Rana Ashraf. Amir said that one of the arrested proclaimed offenders, Mumtaz, was wanted by police in a number of criminal cases registered against him in Kasur and Layyah.
He said that Mumtaz’s parents prepared his fake death certificate and submitted it to police to mislead law enforcement agencies. On basis of the death certificate, the Kasur Police had disposed off all cases against Mumtaz.
The DIG said that on information of increase in crimes in the provincial capital and other cities, the CIA police was given a task for arresting the criminals.
The CIA teams collected particulars of the criminals and finally arrested them in separate raids. He said during interrogation, the criminals confessed carrying out many crimes in Lahore and other cities. They looted citizens outside banks and duty free shops, as police also recovered foreign currency from their possession, the DIG said.