Security on high alert in Pindi after suicide blast

* Car lifter and outlaws arrested; vehicle and weapons recovered

RAWALPINDI: The security in the city was put on high alert following the Fateh Jang Road suicide blast in which two security officers and three civilians were killed on Wednesday morning.According to the Rawalpindi police spokesperson, the security was put on high alert in the city on the special directives of the city police officer (CPO). He informed that the police with Rapid Response Force and Elite Force personnel initiated a search operation in different areas. Strict checking of vehicles is also being made at all the entry and exit points of the city, he said. Meanwhile, the Islamabad police have arrested eleven outlaws, including a car lifter involved in several incidents of car thefts, a police spokesperson said. He said that SP (investigation) Jameel Ahmed Hashmi constituted a special team to curb the car lifting incidents and ensure arrest of those involved. This team included Sub-Inspector Liaqat Ali, ASI Sarfaraz, and nabbed a proclaimed offender, who was a resident of Rustam Town, Peshawar, who was wanted to the police in vehicle theft cases registered at the Tarnol and Industrial Area police stations.He had earlier remained involved in several car theft cases and the police also recovered one stolen car from him. He has confessed during the initial investigation to temper cars stolen from the twin cities and then sell them in various areas after preparing bogus documents. Ten outlaws were arrested by the Islamabad police besides recovery of weapons and dagger from them. Giving the detail about these arrests, the police spokesperson said that the Koral police arrested an accused person and recovered a 30 bore firearm from him. The Loi Bher police arrested two others for having a 30 bore firearm and dagger respectively, while the Bani Gala police nabbed another two for decanting gas in cylinders illegally. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is underway from them. In a crackdown against absconders, the police arrested four criminals who were at large and wanted to the police in crime cases of heinous nature.Moreover, the police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested 26 outlaws, including four gamblers, two drunkards, and four suspected dacoits, and seized 215 grammes of charas, seven bottles of liquor, 10 litres of wine, nine pistols of 30 bore with 15 rounds, one rifle of 223 bore, and 958 rounds from the possession of the arrested accused. According to a police spokesperson, the Waris Khan police netted a person for having 215 grammes of charas. The Taxila police arrested another and recovered five bottles of liquor, while 10 litres of wine was recovered from a person. The Murree police recovered two liquor bottles from the custody of another accused.The City police rounded up two people as they were allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Others accused were sent behind the bars for having illegal weapons, drugs, and liquor. The Gujar Khan police acting on a tip off conducted a raid and nabbed four suspected dacoits. The police also recovered one rifle of 44 bore with 50 rounds, three pistols of 30 bore with 23 rounds, and other items from them. The Civil Line police on information raided in the Sher Zaman Colony and arrested four gamblers. Separate cases have been registered against all the accused while further investigation is underway, the sources said. 

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