RAWALPINDI: As many as 89 incidents of street crime were registered with the police in which 24 motorcycles, large sums of money, 46 mobile phones and three cars were either snatched or stolen from various parts of the garrison city.
Hardly a day passes when incidents related to street crime do not cross the figure of 50 or 60.
Potohar Division and Rawal Division’s New Town, Sadiqabad and Pirwadhai areas are the worst hit with mobile phone snatching, motorcycle lifting and house break-ins.
Zahir Shah lodged an FIR with Pirwadhai police, stating that thieves broke into his house and stole Rs150,000 and costly clothes.
Niaz Gul complained to the same police that he was on his way to the fruit market when three armed men intercepted him and snatched Rs65,000. Mudassar Ahmad and his friend Qamar Jamshaid were robbed of their mobile phones by three robbers while they were on their way to Commercial Market in Satellite Town.
Robbers also snatched Rs5,950 and a mobile phone from Faisal Kamal in Sadiqabad.
Saleem Malik told Westridge police that he and his four friends were sitting in his showroom when three persons held them at gunpoint and snatched four mobile phones and Rs121,000 from them and escaped.
Aqeel Mushtaq, a resident of Dhoke Syedan, lodged an FIR with the R.A. Bazaar police that thieves broke into his house and stole Rs300,000, gold jewellery worth Rs350,000 and a UPS battery worth Rs10,000.
Mohammad Haroon, a resident of Gulistan Colony, told Civil Lines police that thieves stole Rs150,000 and a pistol from his house while Mohammad Ali, a resident of Muslim Town, was deprived of Rs80,000, gold jewellery worth Rs250,000 and mobile phone.
Mohammad Nawaz’s car was stolen from Saddar, Mohammad Bilal Raja’s from Airport police area while Atif Qamar’s car was lifted from Kahuta.
Citizens were deprived of their valuables within the jurisdiction of Gujar Khan, Mandra and Jatli police stations of Gujar Khan tehsil.
Mohammad Qasim Kiyani told police that his non-government organisation Muslim Hands set up two filtration plants in the city to provide clean drinking water to the residents. He said an electric stabiliser worth Rs18,000 and a water motor worth Rs22,000 were stolen by unknown thieves from the plant established near Muslim High School.
Another citizen, Usama Shabbir, a resident of Mohallah Babu Ghulab, told Gujar Khan police that he owns two houses facing each other and one remains locked at night. When he woke up in the morning, he found out that the lock of his house was broken and valuables including an LED television worth Rs50,000, two gold rings worth Rs60,000 and cash Rs30,000 was stolen.
Babar Ali, a resident of Mandi Bahauddin told Jatli police that his water tank worth Rs85,000 was stolen by some unknown thieves. The case has been registered by Jatli police.
The head teacher of Laliyal Government Girls Primary School reported to Jatli police that a building of the school was locked for the past few months and some unknown men had stolen t-iron from the premises.
She said a complaint was lodged but no action was taken and now the doors of the building have been stolen. She said the value of the stolen t-iron and doors is estimated to be Rs50,000.
Mohammad Hamza, a resident of Bhair Ratiyal village, reported to Jatli police that when he returned home, the locks of his room were broken and valuables including Rs350,000 cash, an ipad worth Rs190,000, a smart phone and a mobile phone worth Rs2,500 were stolen.
Meanwhile, Tanveer Malik, a resident of Bhangali Gujar village, told Mandra police that he lived with his family in Rawalpindi and his house remains locked. He said when he returned a couple of days ago, the locks of his house were broken and five ceiling fans, refrigerator, sewing machine and other valuables were missing. — Additional reporting by Hamid Asghar
Published in Dawn, September 26th, 2022