Pak Army major arrested for `copper wire theft`

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 00:28

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Monday said a
major had been arrested for alleged involvement in the theft
of a consignment of copper wire from a freight train in Punjab
province.

An investigation is underway and strict disciplinary
action will be taken against the major if he is found guilty,
a military statement said.

TV news channels reported that the arrested army officer
was serving with an intelligence agency though there was no
official word on this.

Pakistan Railways officials said a train with a large
consignment of copper wire, which was going from Khanewal to
Lahore, was diverted to Kharian, where the cargo worth
millions of rupees was stolen.

Besides the major, five other persons, including a
railways official, were arrested in connection with the theft.

Police recovered Rs 18 lakhs that the arrested men had
made by selling off the stolen cooper wire.

The stolen railway carriages were recovered in Lahore and
persons arrested by police revealed that the major was
involved in the crime.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 00:28

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