Islamabad: Beware of robbers after drawing money from banks!
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police have failed to hunt down a four-member gang of robbers, who in a white Toyota XLI have been looting people, especially those who draw cash from banks and forex dealers, for quite some time. The gang members are so quick and smart that they hit their target, snatch cash and disappear from the scene in seconds. Police said that the gang hit after about every ten days and every time they rob over a million rupees. According to police, they change the number plate of their white Toyota XLI, but most of the time, they use a green number plate to hit and run away without any resistance after the offence. They always hit in broad daylight, police sources said.
In a recent incident, they targeted the bike-riding cashier of a private firm in front of the Shifa International Hospital, one of the busiest spots in the metropolis, when he was heading towards his office after drawing one million rupees from the Bank Alfalah at Markaz I-8.
Nauman Niaz, the cashier of a private company, Monday drew one million rupees from the Bank Alfalah at about 11:50 a.m. and left the bank’s parking lot on his bike for his office, the Industrial Area Police said. They said as he reached in front of the Shifa International Hospital, the car–riding gang hit his bike from behind and wounded him. Two of them came out from the car, whipped out their guns, snatched the cash and a laptop and sped away. The people, who witnessed the episode, disclosed that the car was bearing registration number 828–ICT as they couldn’t see its complete number.
The Industrial Area Police have taken up the case and started investigation.
The four-member gang, comprising young people, riding in a white Toyota XLI, sometimes with a government number plate, has been on a looting spree for more than six months. But police have failed to get them for the reasons that either they are poor performers or not capable of controlling street crime. Or the gangsters are equipped with latest technology and play smartly while committing crime. Whatever the case, the public is the loser.
The issue is causing fear and a sense of insecurity among people doing forex business, specifically those running their businesses along Jinnah Avenue and their customers. Police put all responsibility on the shoulders of the money-changers and people who exchange their foreign currency. Police have simply displayed warning notices at the forexcentres by inscribing: “The customer should keep his own guard with him if he exchanges money of the value of over Rs400,000.”
Tariq Hussain, the owner of the AA Exchange Company, located at Chaudhry Plaza, Blue Area, when contacted by this correspondent for his comments, confirmed that police have issued a warning notice for the customers that they were at risk and police would not be responsible for any mishap.
The concerned police officer, when contacted by this scribe for his comments, said that the gang, involved in dozens of such offences, would be smashed soon. He said that police have made a comprehensive plan to arrest them and they would be trapped within a week.