Islamabad - Islamabad police has arrested nine bike-lifters and recovered 11 stolen bikes from their possession during one week, a police spokesman said on Monday. He said that SP (Investigation) Muhammad Ilyas had constituted special teams including personnel of anti-car lifting cell (ACLC) following directions of SSP Islamabad (Operations) Sajid Kiani to arrest those involved in bike-lifting in various areas of the city.

The teams included Sub-Inspectors Muhammad Afzal and Rajab Ali Shah; ASIs Sarfraz Ahmed, Muhammad Sharif and Waheed Ahmed, and others. Police teams managed to arrest nine persons identified as Ali, Ajmal Khan, Naveed, Mubashir, Qasim, Saqib, Israr Gul, Shafique Gul and Akash and recovered 11 bikes stolen from areas of Margalla, Kohsar and Sabzi Mandi police stations.

During preliminary investigation, the nabbed persons admitted to strike at various places in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and they used to sell stolen bikes in Peshawar and other areas.

Police is hopeful for more recovery as raids are also being conducted to arrest their other accomplices. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is under way.

Meanwhile, IG Islamabad police Tahir Alam Khan has said that Islamabad police have played a great role in protecting the residents of the capital.Addressing a passing out parade here at the Police Lines on Monday, the IG said that the police even sacrificed their lives in line of duty and maintained law and order in the city.

He said that he was feeling proud that the passed out batch had earlier served Pak Army.

He hoped that the officers would play role in maintaining law and order and set best example of policing. He congratulated the officers for being inducted in the capital police. Earlier, SSP Islamabad police Sajid Kiani briefed the IG about the passed out officers.