FAISALABAD: In a sudden surge in crimes in Faisalabad and its vicinity, a looting spree continued as robbers and thieves made away with cash and valuables worth millions of rupees besides hijacking several vehicles in 79 strikes across the city during the last 48 hours.
Surprisingly none of the outlaws was arrested neither the police were able to find any clue to the incidents which were formally registered with police.
The actual number of the incidents of crimes is almost double as the police are reluctant to register the cases to cover up the deteriorating law and order situation prevalent in the city.
During the past 48 hours, the outlaws took away 31 motorcycles, two cars and committed more than 60 other incidents of thefts, robberies, street crimes depriving the citizens of millions of rupees. An atmosphere of fear and insecurity prevails in the city as police have failed to arrested criminals.
The outlaws have also critically injured a citizen named Zahid Khan, a resident of Chak No 411 GB, in jurisdiction of Police Station Saddar when he resisted a robbery bid.
In Chak No 283 GB, Farroq Town, Nishtabad, Ahmadabad, the suspects barged into four houses and fled after looting cash and valuables at gunpoint.
In incidents of street crimes, at 31 citizens were deprived of their cash and valuables.
Cash, cell phones and other valuables worth millions of rupees were looted in robberies at different shops in Allied Hospital area, Tariq Abad, Circular Road, Peoples Colony No 2 and Chak No 596 GB.
Two masked robbers looted cash and cell phone from Nasarullah of Chak No 283 GB when he was on his way to his house.
Two unidentified armed men looted cash, motorcycle and other valuables from Abdul Rehamn. Separately, robbers made away with cash and gold ornaments from the house of Mukhtar Ahmad.
Commenting on the sense of insecurity prevailing in the city, Chaudhary Abdul Majeed, a leading lawyer, told The Express Tribune that the major causes of surge in crimes included lack of police patrolling especially in the rural areas.
“Gone are days when the police were recording each and every occurrence of crime in true perspective way and not concealing the facts discharging their duties in a transplant manner,” he siad.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2017.