Patiala: Nine members of an interstate gang of robbers were arrested on Friday here on charges of stealing cars and extorting money, Punjab Police said.
"Working on a tip-off, police laid a trap around Gurdialpur forests here Thursday evening and arrested seven members of the gang. They were planning a major heist in this area.
A few days back this gang had snatched a Maruti Swift car from a family at gun-point," said Gurpreet Singh Gill, Patiala district police chief.
"On the basis of their interrogation, we arrested two more persons. This gang had also looted a petrol pump in Patiala earlier this month. We have recovered five pistols, live cartridges and a car from their possession," he added.
This gang was selling stolen cars in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, he added.