Rawalpindi: Car jackers on the rampage in airport area
RAWALPINDI: Carjacking is on the rise in the limits of Police Station (PS) Airport as gangs of muggers went on rampage depriving a large number of residents from their two and four wheelers during last four months. The increase has sparked concerns among the residents and traders that the district’s largest area has become the “car theft town of the region” but police and Anti–Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) is doing nothing to track the carjackers. Rather rubbing salt on the wounds of carjacking victims, officials of the area police station are not filing cases against the carjackers despite several complaints lodged by the car-theft victims, something seeking strong attention of City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokhar.
According to the data, shared by PS Airport officials with The Nation on Thursday, a total of 43 cars, 3 trucks and Suzuki carry vans and 9 motorcycles had been pilfered from the police station controlled areas during the last four months while cases against vehicle lifters had also been penned inn. However, the police could recover only two Suzuki vans and other vehicles worth Rs 5.6 million. But in reality the number of theft of vehicles is even double than put on record by the officials of the police station, apparently, to show low crime rate to their bosses. On May 7, 2012, a Mehran car (MQ–649) of Abdul Hameed, son of Abdul Rasheed, resident of Jhanda Chichi, was stolen by unknown car lifters from the parking lot of Al–Falah Bank, Scheme III.
Soon after the incident, the victim rushed to Police Chowky Scheme III and lodged a complaint there, but, unfortunately the officials have not registered case so far, violating the clear directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Haji Habib–ur–Rehman that is simple “To file case against carjackers without wasting a minute”. Talking to The Nation, Abdul Hameed said that he was running from pillar to post to get a case registered against theft of his car but in vain.
He added that he made several requests to the police to register a case but all in vein. When contacted, Sub Inspector (SI) Asghar, the Incharge of Police Chowky Scheme III, said that right now he did know the status of the case but would be able to tell after couple of minutes. “The police officer who went to the spot for investigation is out from Chowky. I will phone you (this scribe) after confirming from the police officer that had he registered a case or not”. Nonetheless, no phone call was made by SI Asghar to confirm whether FIR was lodged or not. Meanwhile, sources in the Airport police revealed that police officials had called the complainant Abdul Hameed and put their hands on his mouth requesting him not to further speak with media as they (police) would right now register a case against carjackers. Then after police registered a case and handed over a copy of FIR to the complainant, the sources added. Station House Officer (SHO) PS Airport Malik Arif, was not available for his point of view despite repeated calls made by this scribe.