Rawalpindi: 15 robberies in a week; no recovery yet
RAWALPINDI: Incidents of robbery, vehicle theft and fraud continue to be hitting the people while the police seem to be sleeping fast. According to record of crimes last week, seen by Daily Times, robbers made around 15 strikes in different parts of the city, depriving people of 500–tola gold and over Rs 24 million worth of cash and prize bonds.
Over 17 cases of vehicle theft, including a dumper, and 10 cases of bogus bank cheques worth Rs 9.6 million were also reported. Two major robberies took place in the limits of Wah Cantt and Rawat police stations.
Sikandar Hayyat, a moneychanger, reported to Rawat police that five gunmen took Rs 20 million away from him on August 18. He stated that he was accompanied by three guards and was travelling in his car from Rawalpindi to Kotli.
Major robberies: The robbers intercepted him near Mankiala Railway Lines and snatched the money at gunpoint. The police have claimed to have arrested three suspects but failed to recover the money.
Chaudhary Zaheer, a businessman, lodged a complaint with Wah Cantt Police Station on August 18, stating that four gunmen broke into his house at night, held him and his family hostage and made off with 400–tola gold, Rs 2.2 million prize bonds, eight mobile phone sets and other valuables. The police have so far failed to arrest the robbers.
Similar cases: It has been observed that motorcyclists were targeting people after they withdraw money from banks. Four such cases were reported with Civil Lines, Gangmandi, and Cantonment police stations. The victims were deprived of over Rs 1.6 million. The method in all the four incidents was the same but the police were still investigating to arrest the gang.
Sulaman Mehmood lodged a case with Gangmandi Police Station, stating that he was going home after withdrawing Rs 0.690 million from a bank when unidentified motorcyclists intercepted him in Dhok Hasso and took his money on gunpoint. Around 17 vehicles including a dumper were lifted – five of them from the limits of Westridge Police Station.