Lahore: Beginning of 2012 witnesses surge in crime rate in City
LAHORE: The City Police Division has witnessed a rise in crime, with a total of 525 cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, dacoity, vehicle theft and snatching being registered during the first few months of the current, in comparison to 391 cases lodged in corresponding period during 2011. According to a comparative study, crime of all categories has shot up by 25pc in the City Division comprising 21 police stations and two chowkies, while the overall crime rate has decreased by 13pc in the Civil Lines Police Division.
Ironically, the DIG (Operations) Lahore has developed a habit of making lofty claims in front of the media but the statistics are proof against the so-called strategic reforms introduced by the Lahore Police.
Outlaws have killed 25 people including women, injured 41 others, robbed 102 houses and have stolen 240 vehicles from different police precincts in the City Division. 88pc increase in vehicle theft and 30pc hike in robberies was also witnessed during the first few months of 2012.
Police data shows that crime against persons and property is increasing alarmingly, but a few incidents indicate that policemen themselves have become a hurdle in the provision of justice.
Recently, a Sub Inspector of Badami Bbagh police station was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, while recording her statement at her house. Similarly, a former SHO Shadara was held responsible for assisting the brother of a notorious gangster namely, Hafiz Sani of Sharaqpur. The SHO was initially suspended for his involvement in the case, but was later restored on strong recommendations by political and bureaucratic figures, sources told this scribe.
Records prepared by former CCPO Muhammad Pervaiz Rathore, show that around 300 gambling dens, 75 brothel houses and several drug peddling points were being operated in connivance with police, political figures and anti–social elements.
Informed sources said that maximum numbers of anti-social elements were operating in Naulakha and Tibi City police areas, whereas some notorious gangsters have taken refugee in Gowalmandi. They added that Shahdara Town and Shafiqabad police stations were considered safe havens for the drug peddlers and gamblers. Likewise, incidents of armed robberies have increased in Shadbagh, Misri Shah and Ravi Road police precincts.
The surge in crime rate clearly indicates that the divisional SP’s have failed to control the situation; however, City Division SP (Operations) Anwar Khitraan did not receive the call when this reporter tried to contact him for comments.
Two injured in aerial firing: Two people were injured seriously when they received stray bullets late on Thursday night as many people resorted to aerial firing in different parts of the City to celebrate Pakistan Cricket team’s win against Bangladesh to lift Asia Cbup.
Police sources said that Muhammad Aatif was standing in the street near his residence in Iqbal Town police area when he sustained a stray bullet. He was rushed to a local hospital in serious condition.
In another incident, Abid Ali was standing at the rooftop of house in Lohari Gate police area when a stray bullet hit him. The injured was rushed to a local hospital. The police have registered the cases and are investigating.
Soon after Pakistan Cricket team defeated Bangladesh to clinch Asia Cup on Thursday night, a great number of people resorted to aerial firing in the City to celebrate the win. Aerial firing is strictly banned but the police are helpless to control the deadly sport due to one or another reason.