Lahore - The CIA have arrested 27 members of inter-provincial gang wanted to police in robberies, rape and other heinous crimes, a press release said Friday.

The agency also recovered Rs8.5 million booty from the members of Soni dacoit gang that also comprised women, the press release said adding that they unleashed strikes in various districts including, Karachi, Okara, Bahawalpur.

The detainees include ringleader Nawaz alias Soni, Munir Ahmed, Nasreen Munir, Sumbal Nawaz, Perveen Nasir, Asghar, Ashraf, Rayasat Ali, Naseem Bibi, Javed alias Amjad, Shahid Talha, Aslam Ghora, Rashid Abbasi, Asif Shahzad, Mubarik Ali, Yamin Sheri, Nauman Malik, Atif Ati, Adeel alias Kashif, Waqar Younis and Muniro Jutt.

These criminals were wanted to police in robberies at the residences of senior SC lawyer Mirza Hafeezur Rehman, surgeon Dr Mohsin Jawad, DSP Legal Shahid Siddique, Okara District Attorney Khalid Masud, businessman Muhammad Azam and trader Khurram Shafiq. The gang also confessed to 73 more cases. CCPO Amin Wains ordered SSP Investigation Rana Ayaz Saleem to nick this dangerous gang.  SP CIA Muhammad Umer Virk along with DSP CIA Iqbal Town Riaz Shah and his team launched the campaign to net these criminal.

The CCPO announced cash prizes and commendatory certificates for the police team.