Rawalpindi - Police have recovered the vehicle that was used by the robbers who kidnapped a money changer from Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport and snatched Rs 70.26 million from him in broad daylight heist, well-placed sources in police disclosed to The Nation on Thursday.

The police sent the registration number of recovered vehicle to excise department and obtained the data of the owner of the vehicle, sources added.

 However, the details about the owner have been kept secret by police.

A case has also been registered with police station Airport. Police also got the CCTV footage from the airport authorities to find clue of the robbers, sources said.

Meanwhile, Regional Police Officer Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja took stern action on the occurrence of the incident and summoned City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, SSP (Operations) Karamat Ullah Malik, SP Muhammad Ateeq Tahir, DSP Farhan Aslam and SHO PS Airport Sattar Khan in his office.

Wisal snubbed all the police officers during the meeting, sources said adding that he directed the top police bosses to constitute a team of intelligent and honest officers to trace the robbers by investigating the case from different angles, sources maintained. He directed the police bosses to utilize all the available resources to apprehend the criminals.

Later, Wisal also visited the crime scene. He also ordered police to arrest all the shopkeepers who are involved in selling uniforms of police, Army and other law-enforcement agencies.

“I could not sleep the whole night and kept working on the case. Police have reached very close to the robbers and soon they will be in the lockup,” claimed SSP Karamat Ullah Malik while talking to The Nation at RPO Office.

DSP Farhan Aslam, when approached, said that the RPO has constituted a team comprising CPO, SSP, SP, DSP and SHO to arrest the robbers. He said that the investigation is on and police would soon net the robbers. He remained tight-lipped when asked to share details of the vehicle recovered by police.

The cell phone of CPO was switched off when this scribe phoned him to get his version over the issue.

Earlier on Wednesday, in a dramatic move, a gang of three robbers - two of them in police uniform while the third one pretending himself as officer of premier intelligence agency - kidnapped a money changer in front of Passengers’ Lounge at Benazir Bhutto International Airport.