Ferry passengers looted in Mansehra
MANSEHRA: Gunmen looted several passengers of a ferry in River Indus on Sunday, sources said. The passengers were travelling from Haripur to Darband, a town in Mansehra, through the Tarbela Lake when three persons posing as passengers got up suddenly and held the other passengers hostage at gunpoint. The pirates, according to the passengers, took the ferry towards the riverbanks in Dahree area and deprived the passengers of cash, mobile phones, wristwatches and other valuables and fled the scene.
Pervez, one of the robbed passengers, told reporters that the robbers had deprived him of Rs60,000 at gunpoint along with almost 30 other passengers going to their native villages for Eid.
He said the robbers also deprived Taj Mohammad of Rs50,000 and Mohammad Abbas of Rs10,000.
The Haripur and Darband police, on complaints of the passengers, have started investigation to apprehend the culprits.
“The outlaws who use Tarbelalake to smuggle timber have changed their strategy and now they are also looting the passengers traveling through the lake for Tanawal and parts of Haripur and Mansehra,” stated one of the looted passengers while talking to reporters.