324 crimes in 15 days expose police claims
Rawalpindi: It is hard for public to believe that the prime responsibility of police is to protect life and property of people as the fortnightly figures indicate occurrence of 324 heinous offences in the Rawalpindi district.
The statistics disclosed that 324 heinous crimes were committed from September 1 to 15, 2011, which were properly reported but the actual figure was over 600, police sources told The News.
A total of 119 vehicles, including 67 cars and 52 motorbikes, to the tune of Rs60 million were stolen from various areas of Rawalpindi, the report disclosed. As many as 41 offences of armed dacoities were committed during the 15 days and people were deprived of over Rs30 million while 71 offences of burglary and 93 incidents of mugging and theft occurred during the period. People were deprived of their valuables worth Rs15 million.
The statistics indicated that maximum offences of heinous crime took place in the jurisdiction of Waris Khan and New Town police stations, while Banni, Westridge and Ganjmandi were also placed in the list of police stations from where heinous crimes were reported.
It is worth mentioning here that major positions responsible to command the force are vacant in the police department of Rawalpindi district, so much so that a sub-inspector is officiating the office of SSP (Operations) after Yasin Farooq left the seat, sources claimed adding that the authorities have not yet appointed any 19-grade officer on the vital post of operational police chief. While, the posts of SP (Potohar) and chief traffic officer (CTO) are vacant too.
Meanwhile, on Friday four vehicles were lifted from various areas of the city. A Toyota Hiace van (NS-422) was lifted from Amin Market located in the jurisdiction of Pirwadhai Police Station and a Suzuki Alto car (LX-837–ICT) was stolen from Commercial Market, Satellite Town. Two motorbikes RIN-4456 from Saidpur Road (Banni Police Station) and RIK-7762 from Wah Cantonment were stolen.