Lahore: ‘Police reluctant to register FIRs of robbery cases’
LAHORE: Despite repeated orders by the inspector general of police concerning the enforcement of Section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC), police officials are reluctant to register FIRs of robbery cases, a victim told Daily Times on Sunday.
Asif Butt, a trader who deals in gold ornaments, said his son Waqas Asif Butt and newly appointed commission agent Khadim Hussain were robbed while returning home, after showing their product to retail customers in Allama Iqbal Town late on Saturday.
Asif said they immediately reported the incident to the police, who reached the site about 30 minutes after the incident. The police officials did not register a case and instead told them to contact the acting Station House Officer (SHO) Muhammad Jameel, who said he would register the case after the investigation officer referred the case to him. Asif said that he had later contacted investigation officer Bhatti, who told him that a Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) deputy superintendent of police (DSP) was investigating the matter and the case would be registered on his order.
Acting SHO Muhammad Jameel said that while they had delayed the registration of the case, the matter was not up to him as Iqbal Town Superintendent of Police (SP) Suhail Chaudhry and CIA SP Anwar Virak were investigating the matter. He said that a CIA DSP had declared the incident suspicious, so he could not do anything.
SP’s claim Superintendent of Iqbal Town Division Suhail Chaudhry claimed that Asif’s claims were not true. He said that no such incident had occurred and the so-called victims had never informed Rescue 15 police. He said that they had interrogated both Waqas and Khadim, but both had given different accounts of the incident. He claimed that the men were involved in gambling and had concocted the incident to explain how they had lost their money and were unable to pay their gambling debts.
It was reported that Waqas and his commission agent took 3 kilogrammes of gold ornaments and first went to Ichra Market, then Garden Town and finally Allama Iqbal Town, to sell the jewellery, but failed to agree upon a price.
Both men were returning with the ornaments in a bag when two robbers intercepted them on a busy road near Dhongi Ground, and held them at gunpoint.
Talking to the Daily Times, Waqas said the robbers created panic by shouting and threatening to kill them. He said that he was carrying a licensed gun with him for protection but the robbers did not give him a chance to use it. They took the gold, which was worth about Rs 8 million. He said that he was surprised that the robbers knew he was carrying a gun for his protection. He said that only he, his family and the commission agent knew he was carrying a gun. He said that when the incident took place, he tried to contact Rescue 15 officials and dialled the number repeatedly but it was busy. He said he had also informed two Muhafiz Squad police officials about the incident. Later, he added, he had dropped an application in Samanabad Police Station.