Rawalpindi: Pindi witnesses sharp increase in crime rate
RAWALPINDI: People demand setting up of open courts by police to address grievances the incidents of crime have witnessed a sharp increase in the city despite tall claims of strict security arrangements made by police to curb the crime rate. According to details, citizens complained that car theft, robberies and other crimes, causing losses worth millions, have become a routine in the city, adding that police have not been able to trace criminals in most of the cases.
Muhammad Shahid, a citizen, told INP that the reason for increase in car–theft cases was the lack of proper equipment and record with the police deployed at the city’s exit and entry points.
Bashir Ahmad, another citizen, said that several incidents of crimes in separate areas of the city were normally not reported in the media. Earlier, SHOs of different police stations were reshuffled in the wake of surge in criminal activities, but no significant improvement had been seen so far, he added.
On the other hand, police officials claimed that efforts were being made to control crimes in the city and senior police officers had been directed to regularly monitor the crime situation and performance of their subordinates.
Police said that foolproof security arrangements had been made, particularly at public places, in the Rawalpindi district. They said that special teams consisting of senior police officials had been constituted to check and curb heinous crimes.
Citizens said that police should take solid steps to change the traditional thana culture and improve the image of police among public, adding that open courts should also be organised by police to address the grievances of citizens.
The city has witnessed an alarming increase in car thefts and robberies, while brothels have reportedly sprung up in residential areas, causing serious concerns among the residents.
Citizens have demanded the inspector general, DIG and the Rawalpindi SSP to issue strict instructions to all police stations to conduct special raids and remove criminal dens which according to them, could function only with the connivance of the police.