Crime increases in Taxila
TAXILA: An alarming increase in crimes including abduction, robbery, burglary, vehicle and motorcycle snatching and other fatal incidents has been witnessed in Taxila and Wah Cantonment during 2011.
The official crime data available with this reporter showed that during the year the city witnessed 35 per cent hike in crime rate as three police stations of the tehsil registered 1,721 cases compared to 1,510 cases registered during 2010.
The sources said that the police attitude remained lethargic as usual to curb the crimes as gambling, liquor selling and prostitution were going on unabated in Nawababad, Ahmed Nagar, Ismaeelabad, Chachi Mohallah, Asifabad, Bearer No 3, Gadwal and other areas.
The residents believe that the police show decline in crime instead of curbing the activities of the criminals. The police performance is evaluated through the conventional methods including weekly and monthly registration of crime cases, severity of cases and number of FIRs.
Mostly the police change the subject of FIR as robbery cases are dubbed as theft incidents and abductions are declared as missing of the persons. It has also been learnt that the police did not register the cases of street crimes especially mobile or purse snatching to keep the crime graph low.
When contacted, Sub Divisional Police Officer DSP Raja Taifour Akhter said that the police were making all-out efforts to ensure security of the residents. He said that ten different gangs had been busted and as many as 57 outlaws were arrested therefore, the cases of abduction, abduction of ransom and robbery had reduced. He said that the police would make further efforts to reduce the crime rate.