Rawalpindi: 200 vehicles stolen in three months from Pindi
RAWALPINDI: Due to rising incidents of car lifting in the jurisdiction of New Town police station, sense of insecurity is prevailing among the residents of the area.
Data collected by Daily Times shows that a total of 200 vehicles were stolen from the city during last three months. Over 40 cars of the total were lifted from the limits of New Town police station, 30 from Cantt police station and 25 vehicles were stolen from the jurisdiction of RA Bazaar police station.
Similarly, 22 people lost their cars in the limits of Airport police and around 20 vehicles were stolen from the areas of Sadiqabad police. Another 18 cars were lifted from the limits of Westridge police station and over 15 from the jurisdiction of Pirwadhai police station.
During this period 12 cars were also lifted from the busiest areas of the City police station, 10 cars from the limits of Banni police station and eight cars were stolen from Waris Khan police station.
New Town, Cantonment, RA Bazaar, Sadiqabad and Westridge police stations are situated in the centre of the city and the police have failed to check car lifting incidents making citizens to feel insecure.
Muhammad Ali, whose car (RLD 2340) was lifted from the limits of New Town police station, said hundreds of people visited commercial centres daily, but they always felt uneasy due to rising incidents of car lifting in such areas. He said a proper security plan should be developed to facilitate the general public in the crowded places.
“The New Town police have totally failed to provide security to the public property near Holy Family Hospital, at Commercial Market and Satellite Town Market,” said Abdul Qayyum whose car (RIS-1712) was stolen from the limits of the same police station. He said the New Town police teams did not patrol these areas giving ample opportunity to criminals to lift cars.
Hamad Saeed, whose car (RIP-4412) was also stolen from the limits of New Town police station, said the police officials were giving no heed to the problems being faced by citizens. “Over 60 police officials are deputed at the police station but they do nothing for the protection of the lives and property of the people,” he added.
Delaying tactics “The victims of car theft cases are not facilitated at the New Town police station. Police officials playing delaying tactics take two to three days to register FIR,” said Muhammad Yousaf whose car (IDE-1287) was lifted. He demanded massive operation against the car lifters to overcome car-lifting incidents in the area.
Asghar Ali Goraya, Station House Officer (SHO) New Town police station, admitted that incidents of car lifting were on the rise, as several commercial areas, hospitals, banks, schools and colleges were located around the police station. He said sometimes people also registered fake FIRs of car theft to claim insurance from banks.
He said the incidents of car lifting could also be controlled by installing car-tracking system in the vehicles. He said the police officials had been directed to patrol the area and arrest the suspected car-lifters. He denied that police officials play delaying tactics in registering FIRs.