Rawalpindi - Police have arrested four extortionists, who had demanded Rs3 million extortion from a trader, and later launched armed attack on his house in order to pressurise him to pay the amount.

Police also busted two dacoit gangs during action, SSP Operations Irfan Tariq stated this during a press briefing held at the CPO Office yesterday. SSP was flanked by DSP New Town Circle Raja Taifoor and SHO PS Sadiqabad Mustafa Kamal Niazi.

According to SSP (Operations) Irfan Tariq, police lodged a case on complaint of Syed Ishtiaq Hussain against four extortionists. He said that a special team was formed on orders of CPO which carried out a raid on a hotel located in Saddar and arrested four extortionists and shifted them to police station for further investigation.

The four extortionists were identified as Naqash Masih, Muhammad Faizan and Shan Shehzad of Rawalpindi and Imran alias Mani hails from Karachi, SSP said.

He said that the extortionists had demanded extortion from a trader Ishtiaq Shah and also resorted to aerial firing outside his house to scare the trader’s family. Police also recovered weapons from extortionists. The accused would be presented before a court of law for physical remand, he said.

Irfan Tariq informed that police have also busted two dacoit gangs by arresting four members who identified as Ahmed Ali, Mustafa, Liaquat Ali and Muhammad Nadim, who had also confessed involvement in many cases of street crime and dacoities at gunpoint.

Police also recovered weapons from them.

On the other hand, Commandant Police College Sihala DIG Sohail Tajik paid a rich tribute to police martyrs during a ceremony held in connection with Youm-e-Shuhda Police.

He said that the police officers sacrificed their lives while fighting with anti-social elements and terrorists and their blood would not be gone waste. “The police martyrs are asset of the nation and pride for the police department,” he said.