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WD
Web Desk
November 1, 2011
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Police claim arrest of kidnappers of Taseer’s son

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WD
Web Desk
November 1, 2011

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LAHORE police have busted the network of kidnappers involved in the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer and American National Dr Warren Weinstein.
It was claimed by Capital City Police Officer Ahmed Raza Tahir flanked by DIG Investigations Ali Amir Malik, SSP Investigations Abdul Razzaq Cheema and SSP CRO Sajjad Hassan Manj in a press briefing at DIG Investigations Office in Qila Gujjar Singh on Monday.
While responding to the queries of reporters, the CCPO said that they had busted a network of kidnappers who were planning to kidnap the children of elite families. He, however, avoided giving details of the arrested kidnappers.
Responding to a question regarding Shahbaz Taseer and Warren Weinstein’s kidnapping, he said that they had completed their task in this regard.
Responding to another query regarding bank robberies, in the City, he said that they had traced nine bank robberies out of the total 11. He claimed that seven robberies were committed by a gang of Pathan robbers while two robberies were committed by the robbers in police uniforms. He said that the gang of Pathan robbers had been busted by Lahore police and a few members of the aforesaid gang were in their custody while a few were in the custody of Frontier police. He said that soon Frontier police would hand over the criminals to them after completing their interrogations.
Disclosing about the gang of robbers which robbed two banks in police uniforms, the CCPO said that the police had traced them as well. He said that the aforesaid robbers were very cunning but the police would nab them soon.
The CCPO also said that the Anti-Vehicle Lifting Staff (AVLS) of Lahore police under the supervision of SP CRO Sajjad Hassan Manj had nabbed 23 vehicle thieves of two gangs during the last one month and recovered 233 stolen vehicles, including 96 cars and 111 motorcycles.
Besides, 24 proclaimed offenders and 40 court absconders were also arrested.

The CCPO said the AVLS had busted 33 gangs of vehicle lifters since January 2011.
He said that out of the 233 vehicles, 207 had been handed over to their owners. He claimed that since January, Lahore police had handed over 1,336 vehicles to their owners.
He said the SP CRO had established an information section at the AVLS, Gulberg and all DPOs of Punjab police and police chiefs of other provinces to fax the details of the stolen vehicles to the AVLS Gulberg centre so that they could maintain record in this regard. He said that even a common man could get information from the information centre.
DIG Investigation Ali Amir Malik while responding to a query about motorcycles and cars standing at different police stations said that they had maintained record in this regard. He said that more than 250 such vehicles were standing at different police stations and policemen had failed to trace their owners as they were tampered with. He said that they were trying to develop a mechanism for such vehicles and discussions were going on in this regard.

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