Police involved in looting scrap, claim Karachi transporters
KARACHI: Rioters took away parts of burnt vehicles for scrap right in front of the police, claimed Karachi Goods Carriers Association President Muhammad Khalid Khan. “First a police van comes around and then the parts are taken away in the presence of the police. In Korangi, I accompanied the SHO to the spot. Drivers and cleaners told the SHO that the police were involved in shifting the scrap from the burnt vehicles. I was informed by some of my men that the scrap was shifted to the scrap market in Sher Shah,” alleged Khan.
Sindh Goods Truck Trailer Owners Association President and Supreme Council of All Pakistan Transporters Senior Vice Chairman Alhaj Malik Ahmed Khan told Daily Times that the scrap of most of the 1,420 burnt trailers and 1,050 passenger buses was taken away by “outlaws”.
“The police are demanding Rs 20,000 to lodge an FIR against each burnt vehicle,” Khan alleged.
“Police officers and influential people including waderas are involved in vehicle snatching,” Sindh Goods Truck Trailer Owners Association Senior Vice President Abdul Rahim Shah told Daily Times.
Even though the riots ended, vehicles are still being snatched. “My truck (no IDT-9606) was taken away at gun point in Memon Goth within the limits of the Gadap Police Station on December 30. The truck was loaded with 390 bags of fishmeal. Police had lodged FIR no 02/08 but the truck and looted items have yet to be recovered,” Khalid said, adding that he was surprised that several trailers and trucks were set on fire just ahead of the Panu Aqil cantonment.
“If the government fails to provide security to the transporters then the entire country will be short of supplies,” Khalid said, adding that women near Moro were taken out of the buses and taken to a banana field where they were raped.
None of the government officials had contacted the transporters except for City Nazim Mustafa Kamal. A transporters delegation called on Sindh Home Secretary Brig. (retd) Akhtar Zamin at Kamal’s request, but he declined to offer any help and said that he could simply convey the grievances of the transporters to the higher authorities.
Khan said that the value of one trailer is between Rs 3.5 to Rs 4 million, thus, the approximate loss is over Rs 13 billion.
Twenty-seven oil tankers, trucks and trailers were set on fire within the limits of the Mauripur Police Station. Police had lodged “ambiguous” FIRs, as the registration numbers of the vehicles were not mentioned and each FIR included 30 to 50 cases. This will make it harder for the transporters to make claims against the losses, he added.
Only five percent of the trailers and trucks were covered by insurance, while 35 percent of the items loaded on them were insured.
The complete article can be found at Daily Times.