Rawalpindi: Crooked cops keeping Pindiites from reclaiming stolen goods?
RAWALPINDI: Pindiites lost Rs 490 million worth of goods to robbers and thieves in 2007, with police managing to recover goods valuing Rs 240 million only. Retrieval of the goods has however turned out to be a nerve-wracking exercise for the owners.
It is learnt that the recovery of looted/stolen goods is usually followed by the police’ search for their owners and once located, they are formally asked over telephone to collect them. However, testing times wait for them as they get in contact with police to reclaim their articles.
Talking to Daily Times, a few of this hapless lot complained of insulting police behaviour and denial of the recovered goods for one reason or the other.
They alleged that no one could get back goods without greasing the palms of policemen concerned through go-betweens, popularly known as karay khas. They said these middlemen were essentially not policemen. They said the more expensive the recovered item, the more the bribe. People said that the police’ unbecoming attitude coupled with bribery discouraged most of them from reclaiming their goods. They, however, said that the police released goods to those having goods contacts in the police or home department.
They said that some people approached courts for redressal of their grievances but their orders usually fell on dead ears. It is also learnt that the police had no record of the recovered goods, which were returned to their owners in 2007. Rawal Town SP Khurum Shahzad, however, denied that people had to run from pillar to post to get back their goods. He said police stations under his control had returned most of valuables including jewelry and cash to their owners last year.
He claimed there would be hardly one or two such cases which were pending with the police. The police officer said that the aggrieved persons should contact police bosses for early redressal of their complaints. He said that he wouldn’t tolerate bribe–seeking policemen in area under his control.
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