Islamabad - Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Islamabad police arrested 588 criminals during the current year including mostly those involved in heinous crime and recovered valuables worth Rs 71.4 million from their possession.

“SIU has got a significant success against criminal elements and accomplished various assigned tasks in a responsible manner,” said SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani while addressing a press conference at the CIA Headquarters yesterday.

He said that IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan categorically directed all police officials to accelerate efforts against criminal elements following which a remarkable success has been achieved in reducing the crime rate.

SP (Investigation) Muhammad Ilyas, DSP CIA Bashir Ahmed Noon and other police officials were also present on the occasion.

Kiani said that various teams of SIU were constituted under the supervision of SP (Investigation) Muhammad Ilyas to trace those involved in crime cases of heinous nature and a total of 588 criminals were nabbed during the ongoing year.

A total of 17 persons involved in murder or attempt to murder cases, fourteen kidnappers and accused involved in taking away gold ornaments worth Rs.42,35,000 during dacoity bids were also nabbed.

He said that nabbed criminals included 8 extortionists, 288 dacoits, 18 POs, 14 kidnappers and others. These teams, he said, also arrested 288 dacoits involved in snatching items, 70 burglars, 40 accused involved in car/bike thefts, 98 accused for having illegal weapons and narcotics and 18 court absconders.

The recoveries made from various accused included one truck, one excavating machine, several motorbikes, gold ornaments, jewellery, clothes, LCDs, computers, digital cameras, household articles, electronics and porn movies.

SSP Sajid Kiani said that SIU also recovered 111 pistols, 483 cartridges, over 133 kilograms hashish, 16 kilograms opium and 12 bottles of liquor.  After completion of investigation, all the arrested accused have been challaned to the concerned competent courts.

Sajid Kiani said that extortionists, dacoits and accused involved in snatching vehicles after hiring them were also nabbed while three kidnapped persons were also recovered. He said that 25 notorious gangs were busted and its 129 gangsters were nabbed.

The SSP Islamabad appreciated this performance and directed all the police officials to continue efforts to curb crime.

SP Investigation Islamabad, Muhammad Ilyas, said that it is the prime responsibility of police to ensure protection of the lives as well as property of citizens and every effort should be made to accomplish this task.

Later, the SSP handed over the looted valuables to their actual owners.