Islamabad: 185 vehicles lifted from capital
ISLAMABAD: Over 185 vehicles have been stolen from different parts of the capital city in the last three months despite tall claims of police that extraordinary security arrangements have been made across the town. Majority of the cars are lifted from the urban areas located in the limits of Margalla, Kohsar, Shalimar and I-9 Industrial Area police stations, a senior police official confided to Daily Times on Saturday. On average, two cars are daily stolen from Islamabad, he said.
The official said that one of the main reasons for increase in carjacking cases was that the Anti-car Lifting Squad and police deployed at the entry and exits points of the capital were ill-equipped. He feared a further increase in carjacking cases if police were not equipped with latest sophisticated weapons to make Islamabad a crime-free city.
The official said that the Anti-car Lifting Cell had recently submitted a proposal to the top police bosses requesting interlinking of all the toll plazas in the town with the Excise and Taxation Department but they were sitting on the proposal, giving a free rope to the carjackers to go about their business.
The official said that the main reason for low rate of recovery of stolen vehicles was lack of coordination between the provincial police departments and Islamabad police that was encouraging the carjackers.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and in charge of Anti-car Lifting Cell Altaf Aziz Khattak said that the capital police were making utmost efforts to control the rising incidents of carjacking.
Khattak said that despite being ill-equipped they had recovered a number of cars and handed them over to the owners. “We daily send a report to the provincial police departments on stolen vehicles but they do not inform us after recovering vehicles and arresting carjackers,” Khattak said.
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