‘Islamabad police recover 114 stolen vehicles in 2017’
islamabad – Anti-Car Lifting Cell of Islamabad police arrested 52 accused after busting 22 criminal gangs during 2017 and recovered 114 stolen vehicles and 23 motorbikes worth over Rs77 million.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sajid Kiani said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday that all efforts were being made to curb crime in the city and ensure protection to the lives and property of the residents. The SSP said that the ACLC recovered 114 vehicles and 23 motorbikes during 2017 and nabbed 124 car lifters, while challans had been submitted in courts after completing investigation of 224 cases.
He said that extra vigilance of the ACLC brought more success as it also recovered over 10 kilograms of hashish, 106 wine bottles, 95 cans of beer and four pistols. The vehicles worth Rs77.3 million were recovered while five proclaimed offenders and three court absconders were also arrested.
The SSP handed over keys of 40 stolen vehicles and eight bikes to their owners and said that efforts were being made to trace owners of the remaining vehicles and bikes. On the occasion, senior officials of Islamabad police, notable citizens, owners of vehicles and media representatives were also present.
The SSP said that efforts of the ACLC had brought greatly reduced car lifting incidents, adding that the ACLC staff even sacrificed their lives to curb vehicles theft. He said that several ACLC policemen got injured in police encounters, adding that their services would be remembered for ever.
Sajid Kiani said that car and bike lifting incidents were at peak in 2014 as 766 vehicles and 442 motorbikes were lifted in one year. He said that accelerated efforts were being made to control the crime and ensure more recovery as 76 vehicles and 16 bikes were recovered in 2015 and 90 vehicles and 10 bikes in 2016. The SSP said that the ACLC was working efficiently under supervision of SP (Investigation) Zeeshan Haider and recovery rate of vehicles by Islamabad police was higher than any other district.