Over a dozen armed men loot Shershah scrap market
KARACHI: Over a dozen armed pillion riders looted valuables worth over a half million rupees from some 15 shopkeepers of Shershah scrap market in a broad daylight here on Wednesday after the observance of a shutter-down strike by the traders against the criminal elements on Tuesday.
According to details, over a dozen unknown armed robbers, riding on eight motorbikes, entered the country’s largest scrap market and snatched valuables worth over Rs 0.6 million from 12 shopkeepers. The robbers swiftly finished their operation and managed to escape from the scene with no hindrance.
After the incident, shopkeepers of the scarp market took to the streets and chanted slogans against the law enforcement agencies (LEAs). The demonstrators accused the LEAs of failing to maintain peace in the country’s financial hub. They said that the business fraternity was facing security challenges in the city but the LEAs had no plan to deal with the wrongdoers with iron hands.
Meanwhile, President Anjuman-e-Shershah Scrap Market Muhammad Zahid said that over a dozen armed men, riding on bikes with number plates, looted 12 shops and escaped. He said the businessmen were now facing life threats but the LEAs were not taking measures to secure their lives and businesses.
However, DSP Qaiser Ali Shah ruled out the impression that over a dozen armed robbers looted 12 shops of Shershah scrap market. He said that only one shop was robbed and 10 passersby lost their valuables. “We are investigating the matter and hopefully the culprits would be nabbed shortly,” he said. He said the department was striving to evolve a flawless strategy to avert such incidents in the future and added that the Sindh government had now constituted an anti-extortion committee to resolve the grievances of business community.