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LAHORE: In the mid of 25–minute armed robbery at a jewelleryshop, dacoits started firingwarningshots, creating panic in the packed AbuzarTower here the other day, and dared the traders to call Rescue15. “We started reciting Kalma when they (robbers) started gunfire. Many of the shopkeepers fled from the market while the others lay down on the ground to save their lives,” MuhammadSarwar, a 35–year–oldsecurityguard who tried to put up resistance against the robbery before one of the robbers put his G-3 gun at his neck. The guard ultimately had to surrender as the shopkeepers advised him to give in instantly. “The gunmenshouted and abused the bystanders, mostly shopkeepers, while they were snatching gold ornaments.
They challenged and asked us to call Rescue 15 and again started using filthy language against the victims,” says JunaidShah, a shopkeeper, who witnessed the armed robbery at “Art of Gold.” Three gunmen stormed into Abuzar commercial Plaza situated near ModelTownLinkRoad in FaisalTownpolice area during rush-hours on Monday afternoon. The robbers, camouflaged as shoppers, shot at and wounded 25–year–oldKashif and escaped after snatching1000–tolagoldornamentsworth Rs 10 million in broad daylight. The robbers appeared in the plaza on two (Honda–125) motorcycles with a sports-bag, containing two pistols, a gun and a G-3 assault rifle. At the parking, they opened the bag and took out weapons. One of the robbers entered the “Art of Gold” and asked the owner, MrKashif, to show him the gold ornaments as he wanted to purchase some gold. As the owner asked him to leave the shop because he was not interested in selling goldornaments to him, the robber took out his pistol and forced him to hand over all available jewellery. When Kashif again offered resistance, the robber opened fire at him. As a result a bullet slightly hit his head, creating fear and terror in the entire commercialplaza. After the first shot, I thought the gun of the security guard went off accidentally, Shah said, adding, but it followed another gunfire. The robber again shot at Kashif, who fell on the ground as the bullet pierced through his leg. In the meantime, another two accomplices of the bandit held up the bystanders and owners of adjacent shops at gunpoint. The 24–year–oldrobber, clad in trouser and shirt, started collecting each and every gold item displayed in the showcases inside the shop. There was panic and fear everywhere. Shopkeepers leaving their shop open ran towards safe places. “The robbery episode was taking place right in front of us. We were unable to understand what is going to happen,” JunaidShah told this reporter on Tuesday afternoon. He said that they immediately switched off all the lights as they confined themselves inside his garments shop. Notwithstanding, the shopkeepers put their lives at risk and continued calling Rescue15 by using cellular phones during the armed robbery. “As I told a policeman at Rescue–15 (police emergency service) that an armed was taking place. He dropped the line deliberately. We again and again tried to contact the police but the telephone operators were not taking the call as serious as it was,” Shahcomplained. Believe me, every shopkeeper was trying to contact the police but the police response was very poor and non-serious, he added. One of the robbers collected the goldornaments, opened the top two buttons of his shirt and put all the jewellery inside. Then they fled away without facing any further resistance. The brazen bandits continued gunfire to harass the people when they were fleeing. Kashif was rushed to JinnahHospital with serious bullet wounds where his condition was reported to be out of danger on Tuesday evening. The FaisalTownpolice have registered the case and are investigating with no arrest made so far. The law and order situation is worsening day by day in the provincial metropolis. The police have badly failed to control rising crimes, local residents said. A seniorpolice officer revealed that at least 35 to 40 armed robberies are taking place every day in the City. But only 20cases are being registered with the police due to one or another reason. According to the police statistics, at least 5,256 cases of armed robberies had been reported across Punjab during the first three months of this year. No less than 342cases of robberies have been declared as untraceable in the police record. Similarly, at least 2,885 robbery cases are still pending with no arrests of the gangsters and no recovery of the lootedvaluables.