Islamabad - Local police foiled a dacoity bid being planned at Shahdara picnic spot and arrested five culprits including an Afghan national, a police spokesman yesterday said.

On a tip-off, Senior Superintendent of Police Sajid Kiani ordered Superintendent of Police (City) Ahmed Iqbal for immediate raid at the picnic point. The team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bhara Kahu Circle, Arif Hussain Shah raided there and succeed to arrest five persons including an Afghan national. The police team also recovered two motorbikes, four pistols, a dagger as well as veils from their possession. Further investigation is under way, police said.

The nabbed persons have been identified as Ali s/o Shujaat Hussain, Abdullah alias Nizam s/o Mazloom, residents of Bhara Kau; Saeedur Rehman s/o Abdul Mateen, resident of Chilas; Abdul Rasheed s/o Sattr Khan, resident of Afghanistan. They have confessed their involvement in several robberies while motorbikes recovered from them have also been found stolen. Police have obtained their physical remand from a local court and are hopeful for more recovery from them.

Meanwhile, five police stations on Monday conducted search operation in their respective areas and arrested 58 suspects including 14 Afghan nationals. According to details, Golra, Ramna, Shahzad Town, Aabpara and Bhara Kahu police conducted search operation in various areas of their respective jurisdictions in which they screened houses, workshops, markets, under-construction buildings and residential areas. Police commandos including female commandos and women police also participated in the operation while sniffer dogs were also used in some areas.

The teams succeeded to arrest 14 Afghan nationals residing illegally in the country while 44 other suspects were also arrested. The search operations would continue in coming days and complete combing would be made of sensitive areas, the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, a man has died due to electrocution in the Sadiqabad area of Rawalpindi.

According to police, the victim identified as Asif Mehmod, a resident of Muslim Town, was working in an under construction building, when he came in contact with a bare wire and died on the spot.

The body was shifted to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital for medico-legal formalities before sending to his native town for burial.