Police mount up profit from pickets in Faisalabad
FAISALABAD: As reported by the Dawn News on Wednesday, Policemen are fleecing people at the pickets, which are meant to curb crime in the city.
At least 37 police stations of Faisalabad have erected 74 pickets to check the rising trend of crime, but all in vain because priority of the policemen deployed there is to make money instead of arresting the criminals.
Robbers looted millions of rupees from people in 1,232 hits in September alone. They deprived people of Rs28 million and snatched or stole 291 motorcycles, 74 cars, 446 cell phones and gold ornaments worth Rs42 million from a jeweller of Rail Bazaar in broad daylight. They gunned down two people for putting up resistance during robberies.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Shaukat Abbas had told every police station to erect two pickets in its precincts from 11am to 1pm and from 6pm to 8pm. Each picket is supposed to be manned by four constables and an SHO or a senior official.
These pickets were set up to net offenders and court absconders, seize illegal weapons and narcotics and check the use of unregistered vehicles for crimes, but the policemen deployed there have made these pickets a source of income.
Usually, policemen stop motorcyclists at these pickets and check documents, number plates, driving licences, indicators, headlights and horns. Mostly, they spare cars.
It is seen that most policemen deployed at these pickets have no name badges on their uniforms and those wearing belts with their assigned numbers pull their shirts out of their trousers to hide their identity.
Usually, these policemen make Rs50 to Rs500 from a prey, but they would take their demand up keeping in view the nature of the case and the person(s) they are dealing with.
Farman Ali of Iqbal Town said policemen stationed near the Standard Chartered Bank stopped him and demanded Rs300 when they came to know that he did not have original registration documents. He said he was allowed to go after he gave them Rs50.
A police constable said mostly Razakaars were being used to collect bribe, which the police badly needed to meet the expenses of police stations and demands of high-ups.
Waheed Ramay, chairman of the Council of Loom Owners, said policemen deployed at pickets were doing nothing but minting money from motorists. He said these pickets were also causing traffic jams in the city.