KHARIAN - The police claimed to have arrested three dacoits who looted 35 tolas of gold ornaments, Rs0.8 million and other valuables. The police also recovered gold ornaments, cash, arms and bullets from their possession.

The claim was made by Circle Lalamusa DSP Shahid Nawaz and City Police SHO Mian Tousif at joint press conference here the other day.

The arrested dacoits were identified as Zubair, a resident of Malwana, Shahzad Masih alias Gudoo, a resident of Mohallah Sitar Pura Kharian and Salamat Masih, son of Pervaiz, a resident of Mohallah Railway Station Dinga. The police recovered Rs0.8 million, gold ornaments and four pistols used in the dacoity committed in the house of Ch Muhammad Afzal situated in Mohallah Karimpura here on July 7,2014.

The dacoits entered the house of Afzal and held hostage family members included female guests. The outlaws made off with Rs0.8 million and gold ornaments weighing 35 tolas. DSP Nawaz Shahid said that 85 percent of the looted gold had been recovered from the culprits while the rest would be recovered soon.