ISLAMABAD: The capital police have only registered 1,568 cases out of 6,000 complaints lodged with Rescue 15 during the last 10 months, police officers told Dawn.

The record of the Rescue 15 was examined on the directives of Inspector General of Police Ahsan Younas who recently assumed the charge of capital police chief, which found 6,000 complaint calls missing and no action was taken against them, they added.

Efforts are also in progress to trace the complaints which were submitted with police stations, but no action was taken against them, they said, adding that it has been learnt that the number of unattended complaints directly submitted at police stations were also in thousands.

So far 1,568 cases were registered, which include a murder, three murder attempts and nine kidnappings, the police officers said.

Besides, these cases also include 294 robberies, 19 burglaries, 41 street crime activities, and 189 thefts, the officers said adding 49 vehicle (four wheelers) theft and 823 motorcycle snatching and thefts cases were also among them.

When contacted, IGP Ahsan Younas told Dawn that ideally cases should have been registered against 5,000 such complaints.

The purpose of tracing unattended complaints is to ascertain actual crime rate in the capital, he said, adding that in the light of actual crime situation, the police would be able to chalk out a strategy to counter criminals and criminal activities.

Once the cases are registered, criminals would avoid committing the crimes, Mr Younas said, adding unattended complaints encourage criminals to commit crimes without fear.

The IGP recently suspended Golra SHO for delay in registration of an auto theft case.

He said: “I suspended him because he disobeyed my clear direction and did not register the case.”

Replying to a question about taking action against those responsible for not initiating action on 6,000 complaints, the IGP said either the supervisory officers gave tacit approval to the crime or they failed to act.

Published in Dawn, December 16th, 2021

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