SIALKOT: The Daska police on Wednesday busted an inter-district gang of dacoits, besides arresting nine dangerous members of this gang including its ring leader.
Sialkot District Police Officer (DPO) Dr Shehzad Asif told the newsmen that the gang was named as Arif alias Arifu Oadh Gang. He said this gang was wanted by Sialkot , Gujranwala, Lahore, Gujrat, Kasur, Vehari, Sahiwal, Khanewal and Rawalpindi police in more than 104 cases of murder, murder during dacoity, kidnapping , robbery and other heinous crimes.
He said the accused had become a sign of terror in the above mentioned districts of Punjab. He said a team of police led by DSP Daska Engineer Rana Zahid Hussain busted this gang and arrested its nine members.
The names of dacoits are- Arif alias Arifu Oadh (ring leader) of Awan Town Lahore, Mohammad Akram (Ludan-Vehari), Mohammad Umer (Arifwala-Pakpattan), Azeem Sarwar (Bhagiyana-Kasur), Shaukat alias Chacha (Pattoki-Kasur), Sajjad Salamat (Sarai Mughal), Ashiq Nawaz (Basirpur-Okara)and driver Muhamamd Saleem (Chunian-Kasur).
The DPO revealed that accused Arif alias Arifu Oadh had formed this gang of dacoits during his stay in a jail and this gang had permanently hired a Toyota Hiace Van (Peshawar K-7960) used in all their criminal activities.
He said the driver of this van Mohammad Saleem was got engaged in further criminal activities by this gang upon his release from Kasur jail in other cases. He used to run this Toyota van on Root No.141 in Lahore, as the accused had been residing in a rented house in Karamat Colony Lahore.
He said the accused used to gather at Thokar Niaz Baig locality of Lahore and they used to go to commit the criminal activities in the said van. The said accused also traveled in different passenger vans in the guise of passengers in the various parts of North and Central Punjab and loot the passengers, besides looting the women in the houses there at gun point.
He said police have also seized the said Toyota van, dozens of mobile phones, cash and looted and snatched gold ornaments from the accused. He said police also recovered four illicit pump action guns, four 30 bores pistols, three iron rods, 1000 bullets of different kinds, two 7MM rifles, one chopper and 70 daggers from the accused. The DPO announced appreciation certificates and cash prizes for the raiding police party.