islamabad-Unidentified miscreants on Tuesday robbed a branch of a private bank in Taramri area, said the police.

According to the reports, five to six unidentified robbers broke in to UBL branch at Taramri Chowk in the suburbs of the federal capital. The robbers took the bank officials, clients and guards hostages at gunpoint before bagging the cash.

They snatched weapons from the security guards and collected the cash. After looting the cash, the robbers fled away, reportedly in a car. The area falls in the limits of Koral police station.

Investigation Officer Fakhar Abbas told The Nation that the police had obtained the Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) footage from the bank branch for investigation. He said that the robbers might be identified with the help of the footage.

The robbers also damaged online system of the branch. The system was being repaired till filing of the report to calculate the exact loss. The IO said that senior police officers had reached the spot to monitor collection of evidence and investigation.

Meanwhile, the police recovered a body from a car in Karachi Company area. The deceased was identified as Ahsan, who used to deal in jewellery.

The body was found lying on the front passenger seat of the car. The deceased was apparently strangulated to death with the help of an electric wire which could be seen around his neck even when the body was spotted. The police are investigating the murder.

Furthermore, Islamabad police will erect mobile police pickets or halting points in various areas of the city from time to time in order to maintain vigilance and effective checking in the city.

Following the directions of Inspector General of Police Sultan Azam Temuri, the police spokesman said that it had been decided to constitute special teams for checking in various areas which would erect mobile pickets to keep an eye over suspects. Different halting points would be created to keep an eye over suspicious persons and vehicles to curb the crime and criminal activities, he said.

According to the police, more than 44 vehicles had been provided to these checking teams. Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sajid Kiani on Tuesday briefed police officials about the plan.

The SSP said that exit and entry points of Islamabad would be cordoned off randomly along with other places at different venues and times.

He said that two registers would be placed in each vehicle and SPs, SDPOs and SHOs would mention the situation after checking duties in each register.

The police teams will also conduct surprise checks to ensure security of educational institutions, important buildings, media houses, business centres and other important places and roads, he said.