Lahore: Police unwilling to register swindle case
LAHORE: Mustafabad police have yet to register a case on complaint of a rice trader who became a swindler’s victim near Dharampura railway crossing few days ago. The complainant, ShahidMahmood, a resident of 139-A, GarhiShahu, told The News that he was sitting at his shop on September 12, 2012 at around 2:15 noon when a young man visited his shop to purchase rice. The shopkeeper took cash from the ‘customer’ and went unconscious within seconds. The swindler took away Rs30,000 in cash and a mobile phone from his pocket and fled. Other shopkeepers observed him in a state of unconsciousness and informed police at Rescue 15. SI Hayat visited the scene and shifted the victim to the Services Hospital. The victim regained consciousness on Saturday. Shahid Mahmood said the accused had also visited his shop few days before the incident but did not purchase anything. He said that it seemed that he had come to observe the situation in the shop to commit crime. The accused was wearing ShalwarKameez and was around of 25 years of age, Shahid said, adding that he had been suffering from a severe headache from the day of incident while his entire family was upset. He said the swindler had made him sniff some poisonous substance which acted within seconds. He further said he had submitted an application with Mustafaabad Police Station but the police did not take any action. He has appealed to the police high-ups for action and recovery of damages.
It is also learnt that some swindlers had also robbed a woman close to his shop a couple of days back but the police did not take any action. It is worth mentioning here that the incidents of swindling are on the rise in the provincial metropolis, especially at bus stands and railways station but Lahore Police have not devised any strategy to counter them. A number of outsiders visiting Lahore become victims of swindlers. Some of them survive but most of them lose their lives. Swindlers also make away with valuables, including gold ornaments. In another case, Mustafabad police have not registered any case on the complaint of one Nadeem whose bike (LRK-9720) was lifted by unidentified bike lifters on September 09, 2012. The victim has appealed to the authorities for police action and recovery of his bike. The aforementioned incidents belie the claims of police high-ups regarding free registration of cases and control of crimes. The locals have also expressed their concern about increasing incidents of robberies occurring on every second day. SI Hayat on the issue said that he had not received application yet and he would take due legal action after receiving the same.