SIALKOT

Police have busted an inter-district gang of dacoits and arrested nine suspected members of the gang including its ringleader.

The gang known as Arif alias Arifu Oadh 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, dacoity, robbery and other heinous natured cases, said DPO Dr Shehzad Asif.

He added that the accused had become the sign of terror in the above mentioned districts of Punjab. He added that a team of police led by DSP Daska Engineer Rana Zahid Hussain busted the gang and arrested nine members Arif alias Arifu Oadh (ring leader) of Awan Town Lahore, Muhammad Akram (Ludan-Vehari), Muhammad 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).

He revealed that accused Arif had formed the gang during his stay in a jail. This gang had hired a van (Peshawar K-7960) for their criminal activities. The driver of the van Muhammad Saleem was got engaged in further criminal activities by the gang upon his release from Kasur jail in other cases. He used to run the van on route 141 in Lahore, as he had been residing in a rented house in Karamat Colony Lahore.

He added that all the above-mentioned accused used to gather at Thokar Niaz Baig locality of Lahore and go to commit criminal activities in the said van. The accused also travel in different passenger vans in the guise of the passengers in the various parts of North and Central Punjab and loot the passengers and women in houses there at gunpoint, the DPO added.

He narrated that the police have also seized the van, dozens of mobile phones, cash, and looted and snatched gold ornaments from the accused. He disclosed that the police also recovered four illicit guns, four pistols 30 bores, three iron rods, 1,000 bullets of different kinds, two 7MM rifles, one chopper and 70 draggers. He announced appreciation certificates and cash prizes for the raiding police party.