Rawalpindi - After Additional Inspector General (AIG) Complaints Central Police Office (CPO) Lahore, another top cop has been accused of stealing and using a tampered car sparking unrest among the high ranking police officers.

Former District Police Officer (DPO) Chakwal Mohsin Ali Naqvi has been booked by Taman Police in Chakwal on charges of car theft and police started efforts to recover the car from him, well placed sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

The tempered car was gifted to SSP Mohsin Ali Naqvi by the than Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station Taman Inspector Chaudhry Muhammad Salim Akhtar (late) aimed to come in good books of his boss, sources said.

Interestingly, it was the same Inspector Ch Muhammad Salim Akhtar (late) who later as SHO PS Dohman had gifted in 2012 another tampered car (UB-200) to former DPO Chakwal SSP Kashif Mushtaq Kanjo, who now posted as AIG Complaints, CPO Lahore. The car was used in a dacoity incident and recovered by Dohman police. Kashif Mushtaq returned the tampered car to Dohman police in 2016 after a car theft case was registered against four cops on orders of RPO Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja.

The sources said instead of taking legal action against the accused, the police bosses of Chakwal are trying to save skins of both the high ranking officers.

They said Taman police booked SSP Mohsin Ali Naqvi in car theft case and started efforts to recover the vehicle.

They said that the case was registered against Moshin Ali Naqvi on August 2, 2016 on plaintiff of SHO Police Station Taman SI Hamid Khan under section 381-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

In the plaint, the plaintiff SHO Police Station Taman SI Hamid Khan stated that SI Muhammad Baksh stopped a Honda Civic car bearing registration number AHL-727 model 2005 and demanded registration book from the driver Sajjad son of Zafar Ullah of Bhakar in 2010.

However, the driver of the car failed to produce any document before police on which SI Muhammad Baksh impounded the car in Police Station Taman under section 550.

The SI also prepared a report number 13 in this regard, the SHO said, adding the car was later sent to the Police Line on 3/12/2010 by the than SHO Police Station Taman Inspector Ch Muhammad Salim Akhtar and Moharar Ashraf through Road Number 207/21.  The car was taken to Police Line by Amjad Naseer 125/CII, he mentioned in the plaint. The SHO added that it was came into light after checking the record that the car was missing from Police Line and upon inquiring SI/Motor Transport Officer (MTO) revealed that the car was given to former DPO Mohsin Ali Naqvi. The SHO sought legal action against the former top boss.

Taking action, police lodged a car theft case against SSP Mohsin Ali Naqvi, who also served Special Branch (SB) Rawalpindi as SSP, sources said.

Nonetheless, DPO Chakwal Munir Marth, when contacted, said that police lodged a case against former MTO/SI Sajawal and not against the former DPO Mohsin Ali Naqvi. He said that police were probing the scam and would get back the car from the accused.

To a query, he said that he had ordered the investigators of Police Station Dohman to produce investigation report in Kashif Mushtaq Kanjo car theft case before him as Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera and RPO Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja had taken notice of the issue. “We are investigating both scams and action will be taken against the accused according to law,” the DPO said.

A source in DPO Office Chakwal told The Nation that MTO/SI Sajwal would be a witness in the case as he was the one who told SHO Police Station Taman that the car was gifted to former DPO Mohsin Ali Naqvi by ex-SHO Ch Muhammad Salim (late). “SHO prepared plaintiff on the information provided to him by MTO Sajawal,” source said. He added that according to law, SSP Mohsin Ali Naqvi is the accused and car theft case was lodged against him and not against the MTO. IG Punjab Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera was not available for his comments on the car theft scams.

The cell of Mohsin Ali Naqvi was switched off when this scribe contacted him to get his version.