The Anti-Car Lifting Cell of Peshawar managed to arrest three members of a vehicle gang and recovered nine snatched vehicles from their possessions, a handout said. The statement said that SP Cantt Muhammad Azhar Khan formed a special team under the supervision of Shahryar, a senior officer of the Anti-Car Lifting Cell of Peshawar.
The team used human resources and the latest technology and finally track-down the most wanted car-lifting gang and arrested three members of the gang.
The gangsters have been identified as Tariq, Arshad and Tariq who are the resident of Punjab Hafiz Abad, Nowsehra and Peshawar. During the preliminary investigation, it was emerged that three arrested persons first met in the Central Jail Peshawar and decided to form a car-lifting gang.
As soon as the group was freed from the prison after completing their sentence term they started organized crimes of car-lifting in the premises of Peshawar. Police claimed that the accused were expert producing fake documents of registrations of the stolen vehicles and has changed number plates of many stolen cars.
They would smuggle stolen vehicles to other parts of the province after changing their number plates ad other necessary documents. The members of the gang have smuggled a number of stolen and snatched vehicles to Malakand, Hazara and Landikotal.
The Anti-Car lifting Cell officials told reporters that initially they have recovered a total of nine stolen vehicles from the accused, adding that a comprehensive investigation has been launched and it was expected that other complices of the gang would be rounded up very soon.
The Cell had also handed over the recovered vehicles to thier owners after completing formalities, officials added. However, sources in the police told this scribe in the condition of anonymity jail authority did not take any action to oversee the most wanted criminal activities even inside the prison. They also raised serious reservations over the performance of the cell working to controll car lifting crimes in Peshawar.
“They do not provide accurate data or officials records pertaining to recovered vehicles from different persons involved in car theft,” sources alleged. It is not certain that how many people who deprived of their vehicles and after filing FIR how many get back their vehicles.
Police officers who usually look into the criminal cases related to mobile snatching car or motorcycle lifting cleared the receivers and in most cases gave them a clean chit from investigation, sources claimed: adding “ transparent investigation is very critical in the above-mentioned criminal cases,” they added and said that giving a clean chit during the investigation shed many doubts on the mert of investigation officers.