Lahore: 31 people killed while resisting robberies: 2007 police data
LAHORE: Thirty-one people were shot dead while resisting robbery in various localities of the city in 2007, according to date available to Daily Times. Out of the 31, the police have traced 16 cases. Tracing a case means that the police know of the killer/s or have arrested him/her or them.
Out of the 16 traced cases, 47 suspects were arrested. Also, out of the 16 traced cases, 13 cases have been submitted in court for hearing.
The data states that about 3,200 robberies, armed robberies and muggings were reported to the police last year.
Muhammad Nazir, a resident of Ganj Bazaar n Mughalpura, was shot dead when he resisted a robbery bid in October 2007. Nazir’s elder brother Muhammad Shakeel had said that although the police had arrested the accused, his brother would not come back.
An assistant superintendent of police said the only way to arrest a robber was during the act and not once he or she or they had escaped. “It is nearly impossible to catch them once they are gone. God know where they live,” he exclaimed.
He said the routine was for people from the rural areas to come to the cities, rob people and return home. He said investigations were not modernised enough to combat the issue. He said it was easier to race cell phones by their EME numbers. Otherwise, chances of catching the accused were slim, he added.
He said there were three ways for the police to stop robberies: setting up police pickets at the right points, deploying plainclothesmen in the right locations and increasing the number of patrolling police personnel.
Capital City Police Officer Malik Muhammad Iqbal said the killing of innocent people during robberies was tough to explain. He said the reason behind such cold blood murder was the robber’s fear. He said when a person entered a house with the intention to rob, he or she or they had no choice but to shoot if somebody resisted.
He said this did not mean that people stopped resisting, but to keep their cool and let the robbers take whatever they wanted. “To resist is to put your life at risk. Analysing the situation before resisting is very important,” he added.
He said that sometimes the information provided to the police by robbery victims was not truthful, which hampered investigations.
He quoted the example of Abida, whose parents had told the police a couple of months ago that six men had killed their daughter during a robbery bid. Investigators found that Abida had run away with the man she loved and her parents had lied about her death to save them from embarrassment. The police recovered their daughter in three days.
He said there were some loopholes in investigation processes, as the police investigation wing was not equipped with modern technologies due to a lack of funds. He said the police was trying hard to improve its investigation techniques and was slowly succeeding.
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