Lahore: 200 people looted last week
LAHORE: Police have yet to revisit old feud cases, which are causing loss of precious human lives daily although Inspector General of Police Punjab Javed Iqbal had instructed for protection to the families of rival groups.
The IGP had instructed CCPO, Lahore, DIG Operations, Lahore, RPOs and DPOs of other districts to furnish reports about old feud cases at the earliest and asked them to keep a focus on families of rival groups to avoid further brutal killings. The IGP had taken notice of the incident of Gujranwala in which around 16 innocent people of a family including children were killed and their houses were set afire by rival group.
However, the Lahore police have neither submitted the report about old feud cases to the IGP nor they have given security/focus to the families of rival groups. The lethargic attitude of commanders of the Lahore police towards such incidents has claimed the lives of three people in Gujjarpura during the last week. A former activist of a banned outfit, Tariq Muavia, and his two security guards were killed allegedly by their rivals on January 5 when they were on their way to sessions court for hearing of a case. The Investigation Police have also failed to arrest the accused so far.
Meanwhile, families of four kidnapped teenage boys staged a protest demonstration on Ring Road against investigation wing of Badami Bagh police as they had failed to trace out their kids even after a lapse of over two months. It is learnt that this incident had also occurred as a result of old feud as the father of a victim was pursuing a case against the accused party. The police have failed to trace out the victim boys even after their families nominated the accused and provided call records to the police.
Moreover, robbers continued their looting spree during the last week and robbed over 200 Lahorites depriving them of cash, valuables, gold ornaments, cell phones, cars and motorcycles worth millions of rupees. The robbers had also shot and injured five people on offering resistance while out of the total reported incidents, 49 motorcycles and 34 cars were also stolen or snatched.
Model Town Division was calculated on top in crime against property with 47 reported incidents out of which 8 motorcycles and 11 cars were also stolen or snatched. However, Kot Lakhpat Police killed a bike lifter in an encounter in which a constable had also sustained injuries. City Division was calculated on second number with 45 reported incidents out of which 21 were of motorcycles and 7 cars were also stolen or snatched. Two people of a Dubai returned family were also subjected to severe torture in Shadbagh area and they were deprived of valuables including gold ornaments worth Rs 10.5 million. Cantt Division was calculated on third number with 28 reported incidents out of which 4 motorbikes and 3 cars were also stolen or snatched. Three men (Sabir, Irfan and Nasir) were also shot at and injured on resistance in Baghbanpura police limits.
Iqbal Town Division was calculated on fourth number with 27 reported incidents out of which 8 were of motorbikes and 5 cars were also stolen or snatched. Sadar Division was calculated on 5th number with 26 reported incidents out of which 2 motorcycles and 4 cars were also snatched or stolen.
Civil Lines Division was calculated on last number with 21 reported incidents out of which 6 motorcycles and 4 cars were also stolen or snatched.
It is worth mentioning here that the ratio of cars and bikes lifting has increased manifold as Lahore Police have failed to devise a fruitful strategy to control vehicles’ lifting/snatching. It is also important to note that prolonged and unscheduled load shedding in the provincial metropolis has also been resulting into the increase of crime against property. Robbers commit robbers to their satisfaction during load shedding hours and fled successfully by taking the advantage of darkness.