LAHORE – In a major breakthrough, the CIA police on Tuesday arrested two pickpockets, who stole a  jewellery set fixed with diamond from ‘The India show’ at the Expo Centre.

On Sunday evening, thieves took away jewellery set from one of stalls displayed in the Expo Centre during a rare show by Indian businessmen in an effort to boost economic ties between both the nuclear-armed neighbours. The stallholders were closing their items at the three-day exhibition when thieves, taking advantage of the rush of people, managed to steal away the jewellery set worth Rs 700,000.

“We have arrested both the thieves and the stolen necklace set has also been recovered from their possession,” CIA chief Liaqat Ali Malik told reporters while addressing a news conference here at Investigations Headquarters Qila Gujjar Singh on Tuesday afternoon. He said the accused, identified as Shakeel and Saleem, were pickpockets and typical criminals. “They (accused) are history-sheeters and typical pickpockets,” Laiqat Ali Malik asserted.

The CIA police managed to solve the high-profile case by capturing the thieves and recovering the necklace within 48-hours of the incident.

The police officer further said they arrested the suspect Saleem from Sheikhupura and Shakeel from Lahore. He also said both the accused had been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation.

About the police operation, the SP CIA said the investigators obtained CCTV footage from the cameras installed inside the Expo Centre that helped trace the gangsters. After identifying their faces, we collected record from Nadra and managed to trace their whereabouts, Malik added. He also said the thieves, after stealing the necklace, went to the washrooms situated at the upper floor of the Expo Centre, where they broke it into pieces, hide in their socks and managed to escape from the scene.

The Nawab Town police registered the theft case against unidentified thieves on the complaint of Kmal Patil Kanth.