RAWALPINDI: A major street crime wave has hit Rawalpindi district as 37 incidents happened in which people were deprived of large sums of money, 14 motorcycles and two cars by robbers/thieves on a single day.

As many as 12 armed robberies were committed, 14 motorcycles and two cars taken away besides several mobile phones and gold jewellery.

Waqas Ali, a cloth merchant at Ganj Mandi, complained to the police that he along with his workers was sitting in his shop when three men entered it and held all of them at gunpoint. He said after threatening to kill them, the robbers grabbed Rs550,000 from the cash box and escaped.

Wasim Shaukat said he was sitting inside his shop in Sadiqabad when three persons entered it and held him up at gunpoint. He said the robbers snatched Rs60,000 from him and sped off on a motorcycle.

Zeeshan lodged a similar complaint with the Sadiqabad police that he was in his mobile phone shop when three young men entered and snatched Rs250,000 after holding him hostage at gunpoint.

Shahbaz Masih, a green grocer was robbed of cash and his motorcycle by four unidentified persons while he was returning home in Naseerabad.

He said in the FIR that he was returning home when he was intercepted by four persons near Baraf Khana chowk. He said the robbers threatened to kill him and snatched his motorcycle, Rs32700, mobile phone, cheque book and wallet.

Imran Masih, a van driver, complained to Civil Lines police that he was on the way towards Dhoke Chiraghdin after picking Mehreen Bibi from Chaklala Scheme III when two unidentified motorcycle riders blocked his way near Ammar Chowk and held him up at gunpoint. He said the gunmen snatched his wallet containing cash, ATM card, CNIC and also grabbed the gold necklace Ms Mehreen was wearing.

Mohammad Suleman was held at gunpoint by three unidentified robbers while he was returning home with his friend Yaqoob. He said he was intercepted by three unidentified people who snatched his motorcycle, wallet containing cash and Rs2,000 from his friend and escaped.

Adnan Riaz said his mother and sister had gone to the market when they were returning home; they were taken at gunpoint by two unidentified persons in the street. He said the gunmen snatched gold jewellery from his mother and sister and escaped. The value of the looted jewellery was Rs100,000.

Mohammad Shahbaz and Samar Abbas lodged separate similar complaints with Wah Saddar police saying that the former was deprived of cash and a mobile phone when he was coming out of an ATM booth, while the latter was deprived of his mobile phone at gunpoint.

Published in Dawn, May 1st, 2021

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