Rawalpindi: Even police stations not safe from thieves!
RAWALPINDI: How can police provide protection to people when even police stations are vulnerable to bandits? This was evident from a bizarre incident, which occurred at the Cantonment Police Station. A bike, impounded under Section 550 CrPC, was stolen from the police station, an insider told ‘The News’. Interestingly, the same type of incident took place on March 8 when the motorcycle of a cop was stolen from the Police Lines.
In fresh episode, the Cantonment Police impounded a bike (Hero 2011, chassis number 264435), bearing registration number XM–166–ICT, on April 12, when the man riding it, Mohammad Rizwan, son of Zafeer Ahmad, resident of Sector G-7/4, failed to produce documents of the bike. The cops deployed at the police picket in Saddar took the bike-rider and motorcycle to the police station and Moharrar Shoukat impounded the bike under Section 550 CrPC. He informed Mohammad Rizwan that his motorcycle has been impounded and he could only get his bike through the court of law, police sources said, adding that they gave him a receipt of the bike.
On April 16, the owner of the bike went to the court of Special Judicial Magistrate Ahmad Hassan and got orders for ‘supardari’ (delivery) of the bike. From there, he straightaway went to the police station. The bike-owner showed order of the court and asked police to hand him over his bike. The ‘moharrar’ gave him a clearance chit and sent a constable with him to deliver his bike, but the motorcycle was missing. Sources said that the matter was put before the SHO and later DSP but they had no solution except for getting time to trace the bike.
Although sources claimed that police have got clue of the bike through CCTV cameras, as a cop of the police station, Imran, was found involved in stealing the bike and handing it over to his aides. But the question remained how the bike was stolen from the police station in the presence of tens of police guards deployed at the main gate.
The other motorcycle theft, which occurred on March 8, has not been traced yet and the poor cop, stung by his own colleagues, was still trying to get his bike back.
Head Constable Matiullah Niazi lodged a complaint with the Civil Lines Police Station, saying that he parked his Honda–125 motorcycle in front of his barrack and went to sleep as usual. When he woke up early in the morning on March 8, he found his bike missing. Police refused to take up the case. A police officer termed it a ‘matter of dignity for the police department’.