Rawalpindi - A team of Taxila police have arrested a five-member criminal gang during a special operation and recovered explosive material that was being carried in a stolen vehicle, informed police spokesman here on Wednesday.

A total of 10 detonators, 20 cartridges, 20-feet long cables used in detonators were seized by police, besides filing a case under section 7-ATA and 4/5 Explosive Act. The criminal gang was later sent to Adaila Jail by a court of law for identification parade, police added.

However, Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station Taxila, Malik Sajid said that the arrested criminal gang might be linked with banned outfit Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a team of investigators were digging the reality.

According to a police spokesman, a team of police was on routine patrolling when they spotted a suspicious Suzuki van and signalled it to stop. During course of search, police team recovered 10 detonators, 20 cartridges, and 20 feet long cables.

He said that police nabbed five suspects who were identified as Aurangzeb, Muhammad Asif, Ghulam Rasool, Amjad Ali and Mir Janat Shah.

Police registered a case under section 7-ATA AND 4/5Explosive Act, he informed.

SHO PS Taxila Malik Sajid, while taking to The Nation, said that he along with his team busted the gang along with explosive material and a stolen Suzuki carry van from Taxila Bypass during raid.

He said that the case of stolen vehicle was lodged with PS Green Town Lahore. He said that the criminal gang belonged to Peshwar and involved in more than 150 dacoities. “It committed 39 dacoities and other crimes in Taxila,” he said adding that their four accomplices have also been arrested in Mardan.

He said that police had produced them in a court of law, which sent them to Adaila Jail for identification parade.

Replying to question, SHO said that it might be possible that the criminal gang has links with TTP as it was carrying the explosive material to target their enemies somewhere.

However, police were interrogating this gang from all angles to unearth the reality.