INVESTIGATION Police of Misri Shah and Ichhra have failed to arrest the criminals who had robbed and killed three people in separate incidents four days back while four other Lahorites were also shot at and injured by robbers on offering resistance and over 250 citizens were deprived of their possessions during the last one week.
Four robbers barged into the house of one Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Street No 10, Farooq Gunj, Misri Shah Police precincts on 15 October and took away cash and valuables worth over Rs 600,000 after making the family hostage at gunpoint. The victim Nazir’s son Saifullah offered resistance to the robbers over which they slaughtered Nazir and his son and escaped. Misri Shah Police reached the spot late as usual which helped the accused escape safely.
A case (No 615/10) was registered under sections 302 and 392 of the PPC and the case was handed over to Incharge Investigation Misri Shah, Arshad Kanju. This correspondent contacted Arshad Kanju on Sunday and he said that no clue of robbers had been found so far. He said police were investigating the issue keeping in view different aspects and hopefully the gang of robbers-cum-killers would be unearthed soon.
Separately, robbers killed a youth, Usman, the son of a trader, Haji Akram, a resident of New Chauburji Park, in the Ichhra Police limits. A case (No 844/10) was registered under sections 392 and 302 of PPC on October 14 and the investigation was given to SI Saeed. The IO was not available for comments. However, the Muharir investigation of Ichhra police, Ajmal, claimed that the accused had been traced out. To a question, he said that no arrest had been made so far.
Violent crime against property during the last week also left four people injured in different localities of the provincial metropolis. The victims were identified as Anwar in Lower Mall, Waleed in Sandah, Shahid in Gulberg and Hanif in the City Raiwind police limits. Keeping in view the deteriorating law and order situation and increasing incidents of crime against property, IGP Tariq Saleem Dogar also held a meeting with the senior officers of the Punjab Police and expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of police. He directed the officers to increase crackdown on criminals and curb crime through effective patrolling. Time will tell how much the orders of the IGP affect the crime ratio. However, it was observed in the past that orders and directions of the IGP were flouted and no change in the violent crime was observed.
The recent incidents mentioned above are an eye-opener for the police high-ups that within one week robbers have killed three people and injured four others.
Over 253 incidents of crime against property were reported in six divisions of Lahore Police during the last one week. Out of the total reported incidents, 46 motorcycles and 37 cars were also taken away. City Division was calculated on top with 52 reported incidents of crime against property, out of which, 16 motorcycles and three cars were taken away. As mentioned above, a man and his son were slaughtered by the robbers in the Misri Shah Police area and a youth Anwar was shot in Lower Mall, both fall in the jurisdiction of City Police Division.
Model Town Division was calculated on 2nd number with 50 reported incidents of street crime and house robberies out of which, six motorcycles and 12 record cars were also taken away. One Usman was killed in Ichhra and Shahid was shot at and injured in Gulberg by the robbers as mentioned above.
Iqbal Town Division remained third with 43 reported incidents out of which seven motorcycles and six cars were also taken away. One Waleed was shot at and injured in Sandah area.
Saddar Division remained fourth with 41 reported incidents out of which four motorcycles and six cars were also taken away. One Hanif was shot at and injured in the Raiwind area.
Cantt Division remained fifth with 32 reported incidents out of which four motorcycles and five cars were also taken away. Civil Lines Division was calculated on last number with 35 reported incidents, out of which, nine motorcycles and five cars were also taken away.