Rawalpindi - A special police team of Rawal Division busted notorious ‘Vicky Shah Gang’ and nabbed five members including the ring leader with weapons, stolen cash, mobile phones, motorcycles and a car.

The police team on a tip-off conducted the raid and held the ring leader Waqas Shah alias Vicky and later rounded up four other members of the gang. The other gang members were identified as Adil Pervaiz aka Master, Muhammad Farooq Aslam, Raja Altaf Gohar and Haroon Altaf, informed reliable sources yesterday.

They said that the police also recovered 3 pistols of 30-bore with 14 bullets, 6 mobiles worth Rs 1.8 million that were snatched from different parts of the city, Rs 30,000 cash, a stolen car and 3 motorcycles they were being used in street crimes, sources added.

According to sources, Regional Police Officer Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja and City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi while showing deep concerns over surging street crime in areas of New Town and Sadiqabad and other localities of the city had constituted a special police team tasking it to apprehend the criminals.

The police team comprised DSP New Town Circle Raja Taifoor, Station House Officer (SHO) PS New Town Chaudhry Shahid Mehmood, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Ahmed Yar and other cops, sources said.

They added that the police team after hectic efforts managed to bust the notorious criminal gang and held its 5 members including the ring leader. “Vicky Shah was also wanted by police in a murder case took place in limits of PS Waris Khan,” sources said.

The gang had been operating in areas of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Arrested members of Vicky Shah Gang were also involved in other heinous crimes ranging from dacoites, murder, attempted murder, vehicle lifting, street crimes, and purse and mobile snatching, sources said.

Talking to The Nation, DSP New Town Circle Raja Taifoor confirmed the development, saying police held five criminal gang members involved in street and other crimes.

He added that police also recovered weapons, stolen car and motorcycles, mobile phones and cash from their possession. The DSP was of the view that the arrested gang members confessed their involvement in dozens of street crimes, dacoites and mobile snatching. Cases were registered against the criminals while police would produce them before a court of law for obtaining their physical remand.

“A gang member revealed that they used to send one member inside banks to identify the citizens who retrieve cash and then loot them on gunpoint. During investigation, further stunning revelations are being expected by police,” Raja Taifoor said.