Rawalpindi: Saddar Bairuni Police Station jurisdiction, a favourite of carjacking gangs
RAWALPINDI: The situation of crimes in the jurisdiction of Saddar Bairuni Police Station of Rawalpindi is not much different as compared to the other police stations of the city and somehow the jurisdiction of this particular police station seems to be a ‘favourite’ of the carjacking gangs.
The jurisdiction of the Saddar Bairuni Police Station includes the areas sprawling beyond Harley Street and stretching towards the Adiala Jail and mostly comprise new, low and middle-income settlements, which have mushroomed over the last couple of decades.
The records of this police station show that 166 vehicles, 119 cars and 47 motorbikes, have been stolen from this area over the last 9 months. The records are dismal as far as the recovery of these stolen vehicles and motorbikes are concerned.
Life is common in the police culture; the officials of the Saddar Bairuni Police Station have been denying registration of the ‘First Information Reports’ (FIRs) on the general public complaints only to show a ‘better record’ in crime control and crime prevention in their jurisdiction.
This reflects from the simple fact that 1,201 FIRs on the complaints relating to various categories of ‘street crimes’ were not registered by the Saddar Bairuni Police Station. Yet, the police have to register 460 FIRs, which include 166 car/motorcycle thefts, 103 armed dacoities, 119 thefts and 72 incidents of mugging in its jurisdiction. The eight cases of murders are in addition to these 460 FIRs.
The situation has created a grave sense of distrust among the general public inhibiting within the jurisdiction of this police station on one hand and on the other this inept policing has only encouraged the criminals to go about their business without much fear.
These criminals are operating within the jurisdiction of Saddar Bairuni Police Station in the shape of gangs, having links with a wider network of gangsters like the drug mafia, the carjacking mafia, the ‘qabza mafia’ and the underground network, which buys the stolen merchandise, obviously at throw away prices.
Most worrying aspect for the people inhibiting within the jurisdiction of Saddar Bairuni Police Station is that an overwhelming majority of them are working in quite far areas from their homes like Islamabad and Rawalpindi and they leave early in the morning for their work, jobs or business, and return late.
This aspect also is an encouraging factor for the criminals operating in this area, as they can easily monitor the movement and working schedule of their probable victim and in face of the ineffective patrolling and prevention of crime by the police, they easily accomplish their nefarious tasks without much ado.
There are umpteen complainants against the non-cooperative and even uncouth behaviour of the police in Saddar Bairuni Police Station, but this has become a common trait of the Punjab Police. So, people do grumble against the situation, but have virtually given up, knowing well that no amount of hue and cry they may raise will alter the prevailing situation.
This is the reason that a large number of victims of minor crimes, which certainly fall under the category of ‘petty crime’ but also are cognisable offences, go absolutely unreported with the victims believing that instead of getting any help or respite from the police station, they would be drawn into an extended legal embroil for which they may never be able to spare time to be part of and prefer to keep quiet and curse their luck.