Islamabad: Robbery incidents on the rise
ISLAMABAD: Incidents of daylight robbery and mobile snatching increased in the capital in the last seven days of July, pointing to poor policing. Margalla, Shalimar, Aabpara, Sabzi Mandi and Industrial Area police stations registered a number of cases of robbery and mobile phone snatching during the period.
The capital also saw the biggest robbery in its history on July 29 in which eight robbers forced their entry into a house located in the limits of Margalla police station depriving the inmates of Rs 25 million worth of cash and jewelry.
On July 22 and 23, two incidents of robbery took place in the limits of the same police station. Munir Ahmad complained to Margalla police that some robbers stole a motorcycle and some other valuables from his G-94 house. Some unknown robbers also sneaked into the house of Muhammad Riaz in F-83 and deprived him of Rs 15,000.
Last Wednesday, four robbers entered the house of Imran Ali in F-113 and made away with jewellery and Rs 150,000. Similarly, an armed man tried to mug a person in I-8 in the limits of Industrial Area police station. However, the victim started crying, inviting the attention of the people around. The armed man was overpowered and handed over to police.
One case each of purse snatching was reported to Aabpara and Shalimar police stations. Police sources said that the residents of rural areas like Bhara Kahu, Sihala and Tarnol had lodged dozens of complaints with police stations concerned stating that outlaws were active in their areas but no complaint was registered. They said majority of police stations underreported cases to show good performance to the high-ups.
SSP’s justification Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ahmad Latif told Daily Times on Thursday that two teams had been constituted to investigate the recent incidents of robbery.
“So far, we have made no arrest, but we are quite hopeful that the criminals would soon be brought to book,” he said, adding that after these incidents all station house officers (SHOs) had been strictly directed to intensify patrolling in their jurisdictions. He said the police deployed at different markets were directed to keep an eye on suspicious people.
When asked about the reason for the rising incidents of robbery in the city, Latif said though different factors were responsible for that, economic instability was the major factor.
On the one hand, he said, the capital police are terribly understaffed, on the other they have to perform special protocol duties, thus seriously hindering their performance. He said creation of 10,000-strong Islamabad Constabulary would definitely help overcome crime in the capital.