Police bust gang of burglars in Srinagar

Police today said it cracked several theft cases in the summer capital by arresting five burglars and recovering stolen property worth lakhs of rupees.

Addressing a press conference here, SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal said Police Station Safakadal received a complaint that a burglary took place in a godown located at Baghinand Singh wherein burglars have looted goods worth lakhs of rupees. He said on this information, a case FIR No. 76/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigations were initiated.

In order to crack the case, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising SDPO M.R Gunj, SHO Safakadal, in-charge Police Post Baghiyas and In-charge Police Post Noorbagh was formed under the directions of SSP Srinagar

“By utilizing both technical and scientific aids, the special team zeroed in on five suspects,” the SSP said. 

According to statement issued by police, the suspects were identified as Muhammad Yaseen Hajam resident of Trikolbal Pattan, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar resident of Hanjiwera Pattan, Altaf Ahmad Mir of Khumani Chowk Bemina, Irfan Nagar resident of Saida Kadal and Serwar Hussain Bhat resident of Labartal Budgam.

“When the officers spoke to them, they learnt about their involvement in many other burglary cases including the one being investigated by SIT. On their disclosure stolen property worth lakhs of rupees including copper utensils, electric, electronic appliances and Cigarettes were recovered. Moreover, the team also seized four vehicles including Scorpio bearing registration No DL43CNB-5501, Santro bearing registration No. JK01R-2266, Honda City bearing registration No DL7CF-8139 & Maruti bearing registration No DL3CAD-8969,” the SSP said. 

Police officers inspecting recovered goods.
Pic:Aman Farooq/GK

“The modus-operandi adopted by the gang was to recci the big godowns/ware houses and shops in the district and strike in the dead of the night and decamp with valuables especially cigarettes. The gang would take the help of special implements like bolt-cutters, etc to break open the locks and get access to the godowns without creating much noise. The gang acted surreptitiously and used to take CCTVs and electronic surveillance equipment alongwith them and dispose them off so as to destroy any sort of video footage/evidence,” the SSP said.

He said the investigation of the case is going on and more arrests and recoveries are expected.