9-member dacoits gang busted in Mirpur

Altaf Hamid Rao

Dadayal (Mirpur-AJK) police succeeded in unearthing and arresting a 9-member inter-provincial dacoits band, including the ring leader – by recovering the whole looted money and arms, exactly within one month after the incident of broad-day dacoity in a bank in Ratta town of Dadyal sub division of Mirpur, Azad Jammu Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.

Disclosing this, Senior Superintendent of Police Raja Irfan Saleem told an emergent crowded news conference in Dadayal town in this district on Tuesday that police have recovered the stolen money of over Rs. 1.80 million, the illicit arms including a Kalashnikov, 05 pistals, 02 cars and 02 motorbikes, allegedly used during the offense, from the custody of the arrested accused.

Elaborating, the district police chief said that five armed bandits stormed into Ratta (Dadayal) Branch of Habib Bank Ltd at 10.40 am on April 19 this year and looted cash money of Rs. 2.01 million by making the bank staffers hostage and escaped with the 12-bore pump action rifle, snatched from the guard of the bank branch, at gun point.

The SSP Irfan Saleem continued that after the year of 2013, it was the only major incident of the bank dacoity in Mirpur district, which was big challenge for the local police.

He said that police succeeded in unearthing this mysterious dacoity through use of latest means and professional skills used by the technical branch of the local police who arrested all the nine accused involved in the offense identified as the ring leader Muhammad Farooq s/o Muhammad Shaffi Jatt, r/o Khairowal (Chamb), Bashara Husssain Chatoo s/o Muhammad Hussain r/o New Afzalpur, (currently serving in Kotli-AJK University), Gulraiz Khan s/p Raja Najeeb Ullah Khan, r/o Charhoi, Ghazenfer Qadeer s/o Muhammad Qadeer Chamb, Arsalan Shah s/o Qudrat Shah, Danayal Khan s/O Ashfaq Khan of Shah Faizsal Colony Karachi.