The district police claimed to have smashed three bike-lifters’ gangs and recovered 32 motorcycle from their possession.

Addressing a press conference, Bahawalpur DPO Sohail Habib Tajik said that in view of the rising motorcycle theft, two teams, one each in Hasilpur and Bahawalpur, were tasked with busting the gangs.

He said that the teams’ members arrested six members of a gang including the ringleader while one of their accomplices was still at large.

The DPO informed that the gang used a novel way to steal bikes. “Ringleader identified as Mohammad Usman told the police that when they planned stealing a bike, he along with three other accomplices used to reach the selected spot in a car.

Later one of them approach the motorbike, open the fuel tank cap and throw it in the car for making a suitable key. In the meanwhile one of them kept busy the owner of the bike in gossip to give the others time to complete their mission.”

The DPO also quoted the gang ringleader as saying that he (Usman) formed the gang during his jail term in Bahawalnagar district.

He also revealed that in the prison he made friendship with Constable Gul Hassan and who later he became an active member of his gang.

The DPO told that the police had arrested Constable Gul Hassan, Qaiar, Wazir Ali, Ramzan, Abbas and the ringleader Usman. Sohail Tajik pointed out that the gang used to steal motorbikes from Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Multan districts.

Another Tahir Joyia gang was busted from Hasilpur and its two members were nicked while three others were at large. The police recovered 11 bikes from their possession.

The arrested felons were identified as gang ringleader Tahir and Shabir while Imran, Afzal and Dilshad are still at large.

The DPO claimed that another Joyia gang was smashed by the Bahawalpur Police and recovered five bikes from them.

“Saqib and Waseem have been arrested and their third accomplice Anwar is yet to be arrested,” he added.