Srinagar: In a significant achievement, Jammu & Kashmir Police in Budgam on Monday said to have successfully busted a notorious burglary gang and recovered a large quantity of stolen property from their possession.
“On 21st October 2023, a written complaint was received by Police Station Khansahib from Aijaz Ahmad Ganie son of Khazir Mohammad Ganie resident of Kachipuran Khansahib stating therein that during intervening night of 19/20 October 2023 some thieves barged into his house and stolen copper utensils, high-end clothing, artificial jewellery and gold items, collectively valued lakhs of rupees. Accordingly, a case vide FIR number 148/2023 under relevant sections of law was registered in Police Station Khansahib and investigation was set into motion,” a police spokesman said.
During the course of investigation, some suspects were called for questioning. Besides, with the help of technical & human resources, the investigating team zeroed in on one suspect identified as Farooq Ahmad Ganie, @Dil Jalay son of Gh. Ahmad Ganai resident of Kachpuran. During questioning, officers learnt about his involvement in the commission of crime and accordingly got arrested. On his disclosure stolen items including copper utensils, clothing, artificial jewellery and gold articles were recovered, police said.
“During further questioning, he disclosed the names of his accomplices involved in other similar thefts who have been identified as Asif Rashid Mir, also known as Ubaid, son of Ab. Rashid Mir resident of Dabipora and Maqsood Ahmad Gojri son of Gh. Hassan Gojri resident of Soznipora,” police said.
Subsequently, both the accused persons were called for questioning during which they admitted their involvement in multiple theft cases. On their disclosure, stolen property including laptops, desktops, LED screens, gas cylinders, livestock (sheep), copper utensils, inverters, batteries, generator, water motor and pipes, collectively valued at approximately 4-5 lakhs were recovered. Moreover, one more suspected person namely Showkat Ahmad Dar son of Gh. Nabi Dar resident of Rawalpora Watrihail was also arrested in connection with his involvement as receiver of the stolen property, police said.
These arrests with subsequent recoveries have resolved 03 cases under investigation at Police Station Khansahib viz 148/2023, 129/2023 and 99/2023. Further investigation is going on and more arrests & recoveries are expected, police said.