The Daska police claimed to have arrested two top ten notorious extortionists-cum-proclaimed offenders (POs).

Talking to reporters here on Monday, DPO Muhammad Gohar Nafees said that a police team led by Daska DSP Muhammad Shoaib Cheema traced out the accused and arrested them when they were planning a dacoity.

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He said that the accused had been running a well-organised an inter-provincial gang of extortionists namely “Yasir Gang”. Both of the arrested accused identified as Zaigham Abbas and Qadeer Ahmed were wanted by the police in more than two dozen cases of extortion. About the modus operandi of the accused, the DPO claimed that the culprits used to throw crackers on the residence of those who refused paying extortion.

Eight years ago, the accused had also shelled the house of Daska-based leading jeweller Mian Muhammad Saeed (President Anjuman Tajraan Main Bazaar Daska city) in Gulistan Colony Daska city with crackers and hand grenades upon his refusal to pay them Rs1 million as extortion in 2006.

In 2008, the accused had sprayed the house of Mian Saeed’s brother Mian Waheed with bullets for not paying Jagga Tax.

In the same year, the said accused along with other accomplices including Faisal Butt, Farhan alias Nona Butt had killed village Gojra-Daska based landlord Ch Muhammad Younas (former councillor) for not paying extortion. Similarly, the culprits led by their ringleader Yasir Cheema (famed as Don of Sialkot) had killed three car riders on main Daska-Gujranwala Road near village Ranjhai-Daska five years ago.

The gang ringleader Yasir Cheema alias Yasiru was killed in a shootout with Daska police one and half years ago.

The DPO pledged that the police would soon arrest other members of the inter-province gang including Talat Mehmood, Sabir alias Kala, Saleem alias Seema, Naseeb alias Seeba, Ali Akbar alias Javaid, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Aamir Ranjha and Nadeem alias Aadhi.