Robbers take away Rs 45m gold from workshop
As reported by Dawn News, Armed men took eight workers of a gold workshop in Sarrafa Bazaar of the Kharadar area hostage at gunpoint for half an hour on Thursday morning before walking off with nearly 15 kilos of gold worth around Rs45 million.
KARACHI: Police investigators said that four armed youths, two of them clad in trousers and shirts and the two others The jewellery shop of the trader whose workshop was robbed wearing shalwar-kameez, entered the workshop located on the first floor of a building.
“We came to know that only four armed men entered the facility,” said an official at Kharadar police station. “There are multiple accounts, and witnesses said they were not sure if the four armed robbers were supported by a group of armed youths waiting outside the building.”
He said the robbery took place in a congested lane of Sarrafa Market. Since it was early morning, there were few people in the commercial area who could witness the incident.
An initial probe into the robbery suggests that eight men were busy in their work at the 120-square-yard workshop, which is owned by Mohammad Muneer, when four armed men arrived and took them hostage at gunpoint. They collected the maximum quantity of gold kept in the workshop and left.
“It’s interesting to note that there was no security guard or lock on the main entrance of the building, which could have worked as deterrence,” said another official associated with the investigation section of the Kharadar police station.
“There was no CCTV [closed-circuit television cameras] installed on the premises and as such there was no arrangement by traders which could help us in tracing any clue.”
However, the police got fingerprints from the crime-scene and started coordinating with the workers to draw sketches of the suspects, the official said.
He said there were 30 workers employed at the workshop and only eight had reached their workplace by the time the robbers arrived.
The police registered a case (FIR No 17/2010) under Sections 392 (punishment for robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the workshop owner.
While the police see the robbery as preplanned and well organised, traders question the role of law-enforcers in providing protection to life and property of people.
“There is a picket of the Kharadar police where one finds at least two armed policemen round the clock,” said Haji Haroon Rasheed Chand, the chairman of the Sarrafa Market Association.
“But it’s strange there was no one today when the robbery took place. This must be probed as part of the investigation of the robbery case.”
He said that the gold robbed on Thursday was likely to be sold in the regular bullion market and an immediate step had been taken keeping the same concerns in consideration.
“According to our calculations, the total weight of pure gold stands at six kilos and the remaining nine kilos of gold was little processed and blended with other required metal to shape it up,” he added.
“So we have issued a circular to our members across the country to report to the association while purchasing a significant amount of the gold from individuals.”[google-map]