QUETTA – Balochistan police have busted four gangs involved in kidnapping for ransom incidents and rounded up 43 proclaimed offenders.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Wazir Khan Nasir said police had seized 21 pistols, 16 Kalashnikovs, 9 rifles, 1,707 rounds, 25 kg explosives, 1 rocket shell and 31 kg narcotics in different raids since Jan 9.

“Police busted four gangs and arrested 43 accused, including that of seven dacoits and two kidnappers in action against anti-social elements,” he added.

DIG Operations said police arrested a gang from Hazaraganji area, in the outskirts of Quetta. The gang used to commit crimes in police and Frontier Corps uniforms. “Police searched more than 7,000 vehicles within a month and challaned 1,728 motorcycles,” he added.

He said incidents of crime witnessed a sharp decline after joint action by police and Frontier Corps against anti-social elements in different areas.

Responding to a question, Wazir said investigation into Alamdar Road incident was underway. He, however, said the development into the case could not be produced before the media at this stage.

To another query, he said police had suspended ASI Abdul Haq who was allegedly involved in taking extortion money from the people at Quetta Prince Road and action was being taken against him.