Rawalpindi: Flour theft, smuggling increase
RAWALPINDI: Incidents of flour theft and smuggling have increased following a steep increase in its price in the city, with the police unable to cope with the situation.
Reportedly, over 100 flour bags were stolen from different areas of Rawalpindi last week. There are also reports of flour smuggling from Rawalpindi to Mardan, Peshawar and other areas of the country. The city police, however, foiled three smuggling attempts and seized 593 bags and arrested eight persons.
On Thursday, 20 flour bags of 80kg each were stolen from Bismillah Naan Shop in the limits of Pirwadhai police station. Daily Times learnt that the shop owner, Abdul Ashfaq, did not report the incident to police thinking that police questioning and misbehaviour was worse than the loss.
Ashfaq bought 20 flour bags of Rs1900 each from a flourmill on Thursday and put them in the storeroom of his shop. However, the next days when he opened the storeroom, he found it empty.
Muhammad Shahid, a truck driver, told Daily Times that he was on his way from Islamabad to Murree to deliver flour bags when three persons stopped him near Chattar and made off with 15 flour bags of 20kg each.
Ghulam Mustafa, a retailer, said that he was also feeling insecure and bought a limited quantity of flour to minimise the loss in case of theft. He said someone had stolen two 20kg flour bags from outside his shop last week. Superintendent of Police, Rawal Town, Khurram Shahzad said that the Food Department and city police had set up pickets at different places to curb flour smuggling. He said the police were sparing no effort to cope with this unhealthy situation.
He asked the citizens to report flour theft to their area police stations. He said the police were committed to providing security to the people and sought public cooperation to deal with this situation.