Islamabad: Robbers kill woman in Westridge on resistance
ISLAMABAD: Continuing their ‘looting spree’, robbers killed a woman in Westridge, lifted six vehicles, looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth millions of rupees in nine hits in the city on Tuesday.
The robbers killed an old woman after entering into a house forcibly near Masjid-e-Kubaa in Westridge on Tuesday morning and carted off cash, gold ornaments and valuables to the tune of Rs2 million.
The intruders, equipped with guns, entered into the house at about 8:30 a.m. when the woman was alone soon after her son, Rizwan, an inspector in the Motorway Police, left for his job and housemaid, Zeenat Bibi, entered into the house. Police marked the housemaid as a member of the gang, saying that the bandits neither held her at gunpoint nor harmed her. The housemaid has been shifted to the police station for interrogation.
The Westridge Police said that three gunmen hit a house located in Lane-5 near Masjid-e-Kubaa and Valley Clinic along Peshawar Road and gunned down Tehseen Fatima, 55, when she resisted them. Police, quoting the statement of the housemaid, said that the robbers sneaked into the house soon after the woman’s son departed from the house. “The bandits, straightaway, went to Tehseen Fatima and held her at gunpoint and asked for the placements of the valuables,” said police, quoting the housemaid. Police added that the bandits collected gold ornaments weighing about 25 tolas, prize bonds and cash and as they walked to the main gate, the woman nabbed one of the gunmen and started shouting for help.
The remaining two bandits started firing at the woman before neighbours came to help her. “They kept firing aiming at her till she died,” police said. Police added that the woman’s dead body has been shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital for autopsy.
Inspector Rizwan lodged a complaint with the Westridge Police Station stating that he left his house at about 8:15 a.m. leaving his mother, Tehseen Fatima, alone at home, adding, till that time, housemaid, Zeenat Bibi had not reached home. Rizwan said that he received information from his neighbours about the episode, adding that he rushed to his home and found his mother riddled with bullets. The complainant didn’t give details of things taken away by robbers.
Police reached the scene after about 45 minutes of the occurrence and straightaway detained the housemaid and shifted her to the police station. Sources in police said that the robbers were locals and speaking Punjabi during the rampage.
The locals told ‘The News’ that the gang of three has made the lives of residents of the area hell but the area police were observing as a silent spectator and failed to net them. People said that the gang of three was so daring that they hit a house without hiatus. They said that the same gangsters looted the house of Khalil Ahmad located in same area and took away 40 tolas of gold ornaments and Rs500,000 cash some three days back. They also hit the house of Arif living in Lane-5 along Peshawar Road when he was alone at home with his wife, Nadia, depriving them of 11 tolas of gold and Rs150,000 in cash. People said that the mobsters targeting the areas of Misrial Road, Shallay Valley, Range Road and adjacent areas of the vicinities.
In other hits, three dacoits targeted the house of Ijaz Khan in Akalgarh in the jurisdiction of Ganjmandi Police Station and took away 23 tolas of gold ornaments and Rs200,000 in cash. In Civil Lines Police Station area at Ayub National Park Road, three gunmen snatched an unregistered Toyota Hiace from Saqib.
While four dacoits looted the house of Pervaiz Iqbal in Dhawari and took away 11 tolas of gold ornaments and Rs200,000 in cash. Carjacking mafia stole five vehicles from different localities of the city. A Suzuki Alto HA-144-ICT was lifted from Bank Road. A Suzuki Alto AFF-791 was taken away from Lane-4, Civil Lines. A Suzuki Alto bearing registration number QF-436-ICT was lifted from Gulrez Colony (Airport Police Station). A bike RIK-8564 was stolen from Pirwadhai and another motorcycle GAV-4001 was lifted from the parking lot of the District Headquarters Hospital falling in the jurisdiction of the Ganjmandi Police Station.