Karachi: Rs2.5m taken away from forex firm car
KARACHI: Bandits intercepted a foreign exchange company car, shot at and wounded a private security guard and sped away with more than Rs2.5 million in Defence Housing Authority on Thursday, police said. They said personnel of Mars Moneychanger were returning in the car after drawing cash from a private bank branch on Khayaban-i-Ittehad when their car was forced to stop by another car occupied by four armed men. Two of the men got off the vehicle and held the moneychanger staff at gunpoint. “In the meantime the lone security guard with other staff of the company offered some resistance, but was hit by a bullet and injured,” said an official at the Gizri police station. “They snatched the cash bag and sped away. A Gizri police van near the scene was attracted by the shooting. On their way to the scene, they encountered the bandits’ car and exchanged gunfire with them, but the armed men escaped.”
The area deputy superintendent of police, Zameer Abbasi, said he believed that at least two of the bandits had suffered gunshot wounds in the exchange of gunfire with the police. He claimed to have found key evidence that would help expedite the investigation.
“The security guard of the company — Muneer Ahmed — who sustained a bullet wound was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment, where he was said to be stable,” he said.
“The policemen who encountered the bandits saw at least two of them sustaining bullet wounds. We have been looking for them and hope to catch them soon.”
The Gizri police meanwhile registered an FIR (342/2012) under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 324 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 392 (punishment for robbery), 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on a complaint of one of the company employees.
Apart from the Thursday robbery of the forex company, the city has this year witnessed 16 bank robberies involving millions of rupees.
In the 19 bank heists in the city last year, robbers took away more than Rs70 million from different bank branches.