Lahore: Maids gang robs DHA residents
LAHORE: A gang of female robbers, identified as Gulshan Gang, involved in committing house robberies, has been actively operating in the provincial metropolis, particularly in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), for the past one-and-a-half year. The modus operandi of this gang is to seek jobs as maids at bungalows and then commit thefts or robberies. Police sources and local residents revealed that at least 31 FIRs, copies of which are available with The Nation, had been registered against these criminals, who used fake names in many cases to conceal their identity. The FIRs had been registered in the Defense-A, Defense-B, Garden Town, Ghaziabad and South Cantonment police stations.
The gang of female robbers took away cash, gold ornaments, foreign currency, prize bonds and other valuables worth Rs8 million, but the police have as yet not been able to recover even a single penny from the accused.
Because of the flawed investigations and non-serious attitude of police investigators, stolen valuables including cash and gold ornaments had not been recovered from these female criminals despite the fact that some victims had identified them during identification parade in the police custody.
According to sources, Gulshan Bibi and Hassan Ali are the ringleaders of the gang, which also comprises Sakeena, Komal, Razia, Ayesha, Sonia, Parveen, Farzana, Waqas, Hassan and Shahbaz. The ringleaders are accused in FIRs (No 124/11, 515/11 and 524/10) registered against them in the Defence-A police station.
The Gulshan gang successfully robbed several residents of the DHA and made off with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs8 million, according to the police record.
Sources revealed that low-ranking policemen were protecting these criminals to mint money, while the investigators were deliberately carrying out flawed investigations into high-value cases to give a clean-chit to these criminals.
According to a police source, the women’s gang used to loot houses by getting jobs as maids and then, in some cases, giving intoxicants to the inhabitants. The money plundered by the gang from Defence, Cantt and Garden Town was estimated at more than Rs8 million.
According to sources, the abovementioned women are professional criminals; they are history-sheeters with a considerable criminal background. The police had arrested them a few times, but they always managed to get released either by paying a heavy bribe to the policemen or by threatening the complainants of dire consequences.
“On January 26, 2011, we received a phone call from CIA cantonment police that the ringleader, Gulshan Bibi, has been arrested. The investigator asked us to visit the police station to identify the culprit. When we reached there, we immediately identified the thief,” one of the victims told this scribe.
According to him, the police instead of recovering the stolen property released Gulshan Bibi, who is still at large. “The police are not taking the case as seriously as required and the investigators are reluctant to nab the accused,” he alleged.
Another local resident said that he had been frequently visiting the offices of the DIG (Investigations), SSP (Investigations), concerned SP (Investigations), SP CIA, DSP (CIA Cantt, ASP (Defence Circle), SHO (Defense-A) and the investigation officer to get justice, but no one was interested in listening to his grievances.
According to police sources, Gulshan Bibi had been arrested on a spy’s information from the jurisdiction of another police station. Therefore, entry was made at that police station and the accused were brought to the CIA Cantt police station for interrogation, but soon the bailiff of a court raided there and the police had to release the accused.
According to local residents, low-ranking policemen and police investigators are not interested in arresting the female gangsters because they get their share from them. The complainants and local residents have demanded of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the police inefficiency, and order the local police to arrest the criminals and recover the stolen cash and valuables from them.