Karachi: Rs150m cellphones, accessories looted in Orangi
KARACHI: Cellphones, accessories and scratch cards worth over Rs150 million were stolen from a cellular phone market in the small hours of Monday in Orangi Town, police said. The owner of the Adnan Khan Mobile Mall told Dawn that thieves entered the market by cutting the grille installed at a ventilator on the rooftop and robbed 17 shops. “The thieves took away over 2,500 mobile phones and scratch cards worth Rs5 million,” he added. The so-called mobile mall, housing 52 shops on a 500–square–yard plot, is located hardly 50 metres from the Orangi police station on the main Shahrah-i-Orangi. The owner said that the market closed a little after midnight and opened at around 12 noon. “The thieves are believed to have sneaked into the market in the small hours,” he added.
He said the market had two night watchmen who had left for their hometown in the upcountry after the recent wave of ethnic violence.
The shop-owners affected by the theft were Adnan Khan, Khawar, Danish, Asif Khan, Arshad Khan, Arsalan, Mukarram, Babar, AbdurRahman, Raheel, Akbar, Rehman, Rashid and Waseem.
The area SHO, Inspector MatiurRehman, told Dawn that a case (FIR 419/2008) had been registered under Sections 380 (Theft in dwelling house, etc), 454 (Lurking house-trespass or house-breaking in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment), 457 (Lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against unidentified thieves on the complaint of the market`s owner.