Islamabad: Daring dacoits loot Rs1.5m in broad daylight
Islamabad: Sense of insecurity, now, can conspicuously be observed on the faces of the people who believe that the police have become part of the criminal gangs, not to protect lives and properties of the public. The law and order situation in Islamabad as well as Rawalpindi is rapidly slipping from bad to worse as it can be gauged easily just by the number of robberies and dacoities taken place within a period of just two weeks. Police bosses, however, rely only on tall claims of curbing the crime and tightening noose against criminals.
Continuing their ‘looting spree’, a gang of car-riding gunmen targeted a cashier of networking company when they were going to deposit Rs1.3 million in a bank near Khanna Road falling in the jurisdiction of Shahzad Town Police Station. They looted the cashier after holding him at gunpoint publicly in broad daylight on Monday morning.
“The gangsters, equipped with sophisticated weapons, were so quick, daring and confident that they didn’t even think that they were committing heinous crime in the busy area of the locality,” the victim told ‘The News’. He added that they intercepted him and straightaway put gun at his temple demanding to hand them over the cash bag. All happened not more than 20 second and they sped away on their car bearing registration number LEB-6456 towards Islamabad Highway.
Salman and Mehmood, working with the networking company as cashiers, lodged a complaint with the Shahzad Town Police Station stating that they were going to Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB), Khana Road Branch, by a company’s car JK-423-ICT to deposit the cash amount of Rs1.3 million at about 9.10 a.m. when a white Toyota Corolla car bearing registration number LEB-6456, intercepted their car. Two among three dacoits equipped with guns came out of their car and one of them pulled out Salman out of the car and started thrashing him after holding him at gun point and the other put gun at Mehmood’s head and demanded to hand them over the cash bag to them. They snatched the cash bag and sped away.
Soon after the incident, they informed Rescue-15, but received no response from the patrolling squad recently established by the IGP Islamabad, especially to counter the street crime, as it was believed that the squad should reach the scene within minutes time. The people of Islamabad are, however, sceptical about the performance of the newly established ‘Patrolling Squad’. They opined that the squad has failed in securing life and property of citizens, so it would be much better to disband it quickly because there was no let up in the audacious robberies and dacoities. They alleged that the hard-earned money of public was being squandered to keep this force afloat.
One cannot believe but the people of different localities also deem that police personnel have developed a nexus with robbers; otherwise it could not be a daunting task for them to nab thieves. Some of them even opined that police personnel patronise different gangs of burglars and robbers and obtain their share from them after a successful attempt.
Apart from these allegations, involvement of police personnel in dacoities and burglaries has surfaced many times. Locals and even hailing from other parts of the country know this fact well as it is no more a secret.
The Shahzad Town police, however, have registered the case and started investigation.